Carpet with Irises, Tulips, and Other Flowering Plants
Date: ca. 1650
Made in India or present-day Pakistan, Kashmir or Lahore
Cotton (warp and weft); wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
Flowering plants, especially favored by Mughal artists, frequently appear in carpets. Here, the drawing of the flowers and the shading of the leaves are rendered with great care and as naturalistically as possible. Yet nature is disregarded when two unrelated flowers grow from the same stem.