Wool, indigo field, with four floral corner quarter-medallions, framed with repeating large crocuses and rose buds, the larger red border with blossoms amidst flowers and leaves, the side borders (hashiyas) added, backed
51½ x 34½in. (130.9 x 87.6cm.)

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The elaborate decoration adorning this mat reflects the rapid rise in popularity of distinctive and vibrant floral designs in painting under the Mughal Emperor Jahangir (r.1605-1627) (Frank Ames, “Woven Legends: Carpets and Shawls of Kashmir,” in Pratapaditya Pal, The Arts of Kashmir, Milan, 2007, pp. 193-209, p.198). By using the kani (twill-tapestry) technique, also used in shawl production, the floral designs in mats such as the present work took on an elegant “painterly quality” with much finer detail (ibid., p.201). A comparable mat with similar floral designs is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston ( 99.156). For further prayer mats and arches of this type in the present sale, see lots 16 and 18.
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