• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 302

    A MUGHAL VOIDED SILK AND METAL THREAD VELVET BORDER

    INDIA, LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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    A MUGHAL VOIDED SILK AND METAL THREAD VELVET BORDER
    INDIA, LATE 17TH/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, area of staining, slight wear and some fraying
    7¼ x 45¾in. (18.3 x 116.2cm.)


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    Like the Safavids, the Mughal courts produced velvet carpets woven in coloured silks 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 The present border was almost certainly originally made for a small velvet floorspread similar, for example, to one in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Court Life and Arts under Mughal Rule, exhibition catalogue,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). Another section of the same border textile was sold in these Rooms, 6 October 2009, lot 247.

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