ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART II
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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27. 
amritsar
northwest india
circa 1880
388 x 267 cm (12'9" x 8'9")


Notes: asymmetrically knotted wool pile on a cotton foundation
Amritsar was reputed to be one of the most important weaving centres during the reign of the Moghul Emperor. Its nineteenth- century production is characterized by the use of pastel shades, large scale patterns and a soft and silky pashmina type wool. Amritsar carpets were commissioned by the British nobility during the colonial period to decorate their castles and manors, and represent one of the most desirable carpets in interior decoration today. Our example is distinguished by a handsomely-spaced allover design of large palmettes alternating with majestic cloudbands, complemented by a refined choice of palette.

 



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