The Kevorkian Hyderabad Carpet
Museum of Islamic Art (MIA)
Wool, cotton; pile weave
H: 1596cm, W: 325cm
This carpet is known as the “Kervorkian Hyderabad Carpet” due to the fact that it was owned by Kervorkian, who was a famous Islamic art dealer and collector. This wool and cotton pile-woven carpet is nearly sixteen metres long and might have been created for the palaces of the Deccani sultans who ruled in Hyderabad during the 17th century.
This carpet, which symbolizes the tradition of paradisical iconography in Islamic art, features a garden composition that includes geometric lozenges with a variety of vegetal motifs arranged in a mirrored composition. At the centre, a polylobed shape represents an abstracted fish pond decorated with multi-coloured fish. The rug presents a reach palette of colours (yellow, brown, blue and green) with a majority of vivid red, characteristic of that production.
The border, which recalls manuscripts illuminations of the same period, is also highly decorated with repeated polychromic arabesque cartouches and foliated motifs.
Carpet production in India during the Mughal period and the Deccan sultanate, especially during the 17th century, demonstrate the transfer of motifs and patterns from the cultural and commercial exchange with Iran, the Middle-East and Europe.
This carpet has been dated based on stylistic comparisons with other known Mughal and Deccani carpets from the same period
This carpet has been stylistically attributed to Hyderabad, India based on comparisons with further examples
Dimand, Maurice, The Kevorkian Foundation Collection of Rare and Magnificent Oriental Carpets: special loan exhibition, a guide and catalog, New York: Kevorkian Foundation, 1966: 23.
Walker, Daniel, Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era, New-York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013: 122–23, 171–72, figs. 119–120 and cat. 33.
King, Donald, The Eastern Carpet in the Western World from the 15th to the 17th Century, London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1983: 48, 101 and no. 81.
Michell, George (ed.), Islamic Heritage of the Deccan, vol. 37.3 (June 1986), Mumbai: Marg: 16, 120 and 126.
Mounia Chekhab-Abudaya "The Kevorkian Hyderabad Carpet" [db_in_citation_dca] 2019. http://carpets.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?itemId=object;DCA;qt;Mus31;4;en
Prepared by: Mounia Chekhab-Abudaya
MWNF Working Number: QT1_004