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Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era
     

Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era

by Daniel S. Walker
 

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Woven carpets were among the most exquisite, luxurious, and highly prized of the arts produced in the Mughal courts of India from 1526 to 1857. This book, which accompanies a landmark exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, opening in the fall of 1997, offers a unique opportunity to study at close hand carpets produced during what is often termed the

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Woven carpets were among the most exquisite, luxurious, and highly prized of the arts produced in the Mughal courts of India from 1526 to 1857. This book, which accompanies a landmark exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, opening in the fall of 1997, offers a unique opportunity to study at close hand carpets produced during what is often termed the classical period, from about 1580 to 1800.

The first scholarly treatment of the subject, Flowers Underfoot is a major contribution to the literature and will stand as a valuable reference for artists, students, and specialists alike. More than 60 carpets are analyzed, discussed, and illustrated in three chapters: the Persian style, reflecting early Mughal taste and the presence of Iranian weavers in India; the Indian style, which was popularized during the reign of Shah Jahan, a remarkable patron of the arts; and the later period, which was distinguished by impressive variations on themes established earlier.

Also included is technical information about materials, structure, and dyes, and valuable inventory information on many of the Jaipur carpets.

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bn.com
Flowers Underfoot celebrates the elegant pile-woven carpets of the Mughal era, among the most beautifully crafted of Asian carpets. This lavishly illustrated volume also surveys the Mughal era's history and commerce. In addition, there is a section devoted to the Persian style of rug weaving, which incorporates pictorial elements -- flowers and animals -- into the design. This book, focusing on carpets from the 16th to the 18th century, was written to accompany a 1996 Metropolitan Museum exhibit and features more than 40 carpets, many of which have never before been reproduced in print.
Booknews
Rich color illustrations and a scholarly text characterize this catalogue of a landmark exhibition of Mughal carpets held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, November 1997-March 1998. Though exquisite, Indian carpets are little known even to carpet experts. This volume (and the exhibition) focus on the 16th to the 18th century, a peak period for stunning works. The text surveys the era in terms of history, the role of commerce, technical characteristics, and the carpets themselves, which exemplify the broad range of imperial and provincial production during the "classical" period of Indian carpet weaving. Carpets are organized by style and pattern and include a group from Kyoto. Three appendices analyze animal fibers and dyes. Oversize (9.50x12.25<">). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810965102
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Pages:
199
Product dimensions:
9.47(w) x 12.45(h) x 0.93(d)

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