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Carpet with Flowers

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Mogul dynastyIndiaweave: wool; warp and weft: silk

The tapestry industry became important during the 16th Century in India. It was at this time the first imperial workshops for tapestry manufacturing were established. Persian tapestry weavers introduced their techniques and designs to India, thus, influencing the Indian production. The Persian style remained popular in India well into the 18th century. The style of the Indian tapestries evolved into a typical floral pattern, which this carpet is an excellent example of. This carpet was produced in Northern Indian Kashmir at the beginning of the 18th century. Among the categories of floral carpets, this particular carpet is an example of the mille-fleur style. At the centre, the textile features a rhomboid grid with poppies and flowers. The extremely fine knotting of the carpet, with 15,600 Persian knots per square centimeter, makes it an outstanding example.