Made in Northern India or Pakistan, Kashmir or Lahore
Silk (warp and weft), pashmina wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Textile: H. 48 in. (121.9 cm)
W. 119 in. (302.3 cm)
Mount: H. 59 in. (149.9 cm)
W. 164 1/8 in. (416.9 cm)
D. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Weight: 288 lbs (130.6 kg)
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Not on view
The original length of this carpet was an impressive thirty feet, indicating its use in a royal building for hosting audiences or other special occasions. Similar trellises enclosing blossoms were also painted on the walls and ceilings of such buildings, and floral friezes covered the dadoes and facades, creating a world of sumptuous flowers surrounding the emperor. Kashmir, with its pashmina shawlweaving tradition, is probably the source of pashmina carpets such as this, but workshops in Lahore also produced many imperial-grade carpets in the mid-seventeenth century.
Benjamin Altman, New York (by 1910–d. 1913; bequeathed to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Early Oriental Rugs," November 1, 1910–January 15, 1911, no. 47.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era," November 20, 1997–March 1, 1998, no. 30.
Valentiner, William Reinhold. Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of Early Oriental Rugs. New York: Gilliss Press, 1910. no. 47, pp. 58-59, ill. pl. 47 (b/w).
Dimand, Maurice S., and Jean Mailey. Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. no. 61, pp. 124, 130, ill. fig. 137 (b/w).
Walker, Daniel S. Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 30, pp. 112-113, ill. fig. 111 (color).