Carpet with Irises, Tulips, and Other Flowering Plants

Object Name: Carpet

Date: ca. 1650

Geography: Made in India or present-day Pakistan, Kashmir or Lahore

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

Dimensions: Rug: H. 170 in. (431.8 cm)
W. 81 3/4 in. (207.6 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Rugs

Credit Line: Purchase, Florance Waterbury Bequest and Rogers Fund, 1970

Accession Number: 1970.321


Flowering plants, especially favored by Mughal artists, frequently appear in carpets. Here, the drawing of the flowers and the shading of the leaves are rendered with great care and as naturalistically as possible. Yet nature is disregarded when two unrelated flowers grow from the same stem.