Mughal floral carpet fragment
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Glasgow Museums - The Burrell Collection
Cotton warp; silk weft; wool pile
H: 1905mm, W: 1803mm
North Indian town workshop
India, Jaipur, possibly from the Amber Palace
A 17th century Mughal Indian carpet fragment with a wine-red background and a design that consists of a variety of multi-coloured floral shrubs lined in staggered rows, with a wide border of more compact floral shrubs on two of its sides. On closer inspection, this fragment appears to be made up of several fragments, large and small, from the same carpet. These fragments have been stitched together to create a tidy piece. For this reason, some pieces do not match in floral design with adjacent parts of the carpet.
Woven of fine wool on a cotton and silk foundation, the floral shrubs have been naturalistically depicted, as is typical of this type of Mughal carpets. These flowers include irises, roses, carnations and tulips. But even though the floral shrubs in the centre field are similar to ones that appear in other Mughal carpets of this genre, the border design is believed to be unprecedented. In manufacture, this carpet belongs to Lahore, and may have been woven for the Amber Palace in Jaipur. The only other known fragment to have survived from this particular carpet is believed to be in a German private collection.
Manufacturing techniques and stylistic analysis
Gifted by Sir William and Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow, 1944
Noorah Al-Gailani "Mughal floral carpet fragment" [db_in_citation_dca] 2019. http://carpets.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?itemId=object;DCA;uk;Mus31;7;en
Prepared by: Noorah Al-Gailani
MWNF Working Number: UK1_007