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Flowers Underfoot Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era

Walker, Daniel

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ISBN 10: 0300086075 / ISBN 13: 9780300086072
Published by Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bx-246, 1997
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Hardcover. 4to. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1997. Xviii, 199 pgs. 145 illustrations, 108 in full color. DJ in excellent shape, unclipped and with no tears present. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. Bx-246; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 220 pages; This book, a catalogue of an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum in 1998, should be in the library of any self respecting carpet enthusiast. It covers the pile woven carpets manufactured during the Mughal era. The 2 great Mughal leaders were Abu Akbar (ruled from 1556-1605) and Shah Jahan (ruled from 1628-58). Carpets from this era are very rare; this fact is partially due to a disastrous fire in 1579 when (so it was reported) 10 million textiles, tents, carpets etc were destroyed in a warehouse fire. Most of the quality carpets still existing originate from the Shah Jahan era. Bookseller Inventory # 36813

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Title: Flowers Underfoot Indian Carpets of the ...

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bx-246

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Pile-woven carpets of the Mughal era are among the most beautiful works of art ever created - and some of the most technically accomplished of all Oriental carpets. This richly illustrated book surveys the history of the period, commerce, technical characteristics, and the carpets themselves. These carpets exemplify the broad range of imperial and provincial production during the "classical" period of Indian carpet weaving, which ended about 1800.
The lengthy chapter on the carpets is organized according to style and pattern but traces the chronological development: the Persian style with its fantastic animals and pictorial designs, the flower style in its many variations, and the later types, including the durbar, millefleur, and multiple-niche prayer types, silks, and a remarkable group from Kyoto.
For this landmark exhibition, forty-two carpets, several previously unpublished, have been gathered worldwide from museums and private collections. With the exhibition and publication of Flowers Underfoot the Metropolitan Museum is proud to honor India's Golden Jubilee, a celebration of fifty years of independence.

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