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 © Glasgow Museums - The Burrell Collection © Glasgow Museums - The Burrell Collection

Name of Object:

Floral carpet


Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Holding Museum:

Glasgow Museums - The Burrell Collection


17th century

Type of object:


Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Cotton warp and weft; wool pile


H: 3455mm, W: 1575mm

Period / Dynasty:


Workshop / Movement:

Lahore workshop (possibly royal workshop)


Pakistan, Lahore


A 17th century Mughal Indian pile carpet with an Arabesque floral design that consists of a wine red centre-field and a dark blue border. The centre-field is filled with a symmetrically laid out Arabesque network of multi-coloured palmettes intertwined with a more delicate pink network of vines with grapes and small leaves and flowers. This delicate pink network, imposed on the wine-red background, with no dark borderlines defining it and separating it from the wine-red colour of the field, is typical of Mughal Indian carpet designs.

The border holds an ivory coloured winding vegetal scroll that meanders between large multi-coloured palmettes and rosettes. The bottom end of the border shows a well planned distribution of palmettes and scrolls, with the corner motifs worked out to transition smoothly from the horizontal to the vertical sides of the carpet. The top end of the carpet border seems to have been extended beyond the natural flow of the repeat patter of the border to accommodate the extension of the repeat design in the centre-field, causing the border patter to get disrupted in the corner areas, with palmettes merging to accommodate the transition from vertical to horizontal. This situation seems to have been caused by a mismatch between the over all design cartoon being used and the desired length to be achieved for the carpet. A not an uncommon situation found on many hand woven pile carpets.

How date and origin were established:

Manufacturing techniques and stylistic analysis

How Object was obtained:

Gifted by Sir William and Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow, 1944

How provenance was established:

Stylistic analysis

Citation of this web page:

Noorah Al-Gailani "Floral carpet"  [db_in_citation_dca]  2019.;DCA;uk;Mus31;12;en

Prepared by: Noorah Al-Gailani

MWNF Working Number: UK1_012

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