Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Glasgow Museums - The Burrell Collection
Cotton warp and weft; wool pile
H: 3455mm, W: 1575mm
Lahore workshop (possibly royal workshop)
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.
Manufacturing techniques and stylistic analysis
Gifted by Sir William and Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow, 1944
Noorah Al-Gailani "Floral carpet" [db_in_citation_dca] 2019. http://carpets.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?itemId=object;DCA;uk;Mus31;12;en
Prepared by: Noorah Al-Gailani
MWNF Working Number: UK1_012