• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7751

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    6 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 247

    A MUGHAL VOIDED SILK AND METAL THREAD VELVET BORDER

    INDIA, LATE 17TH CENTURY/EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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    A MUGHAL VOIDED SILK AND METAL THREAD VELVET BORDER
    INDIA, LATE 17TH CENTURY/EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    The cream ground originally of silver thread woven with with an elegant meander of red and pink carnations and roses with green palmettes, bordered with bands of smaller floral scrolls and lines of chevrons, made of two panels sewn together, areas of slight wear and some fraying
    7 3/8 x 55½in. (18.5 x 141cm.)


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    In the same way as the Safavids (see lot 141), the Mughal courts produced velvet carpets woven in coloured siks on a metal-thread ground. The borders were always woven separately and then later attached. The most impressive of all is probably that in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Stuart Cary Welch, India, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1985, no.136, p.207). The present border was almost certainly originally made for a small velvet floorspread similar for example to one in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Court Life and Arts under Mughal Rule, exhibition catalogue, London, 1982, no.223, p.88).

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