Pashmina Carpet with Gateway-and-Millefleur Pattern

Object Name: Carpet

Date: second half 18th century

Geography: Made in Northern India, Kashmir

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Cotton (warp and weft), pashmina wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile

Dimensions: Rug: H. 74 3/16 in. (188.5 cm)
W. 47 11/16 in. (121.2 cm)
Mount: H. 79 1/8 in. (201 cm)
W. 51 1/4 in. (130.2 cm)
D. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Rugs

Credit Line: Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1970

Accession Number: 1970.302.7

Description

The area of northern India and eastern Pakistan was an important region for carpet weaving during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Millefleur carpets and some later flower-style pieces were manufactured there. They were usually made with fine knots and expensive pashmina wool. The type shown here was designed as a pair of cypress trees on either side under an arch, symbolizing the gateway to a flower-filled paradise. This example is distinguished by its geometric treatment of the millefleur pattern and a central vase from which the motifs grow.

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