13' 6" x 17' 6"
Circa 1880
North India
Ref no. 57
Amritsar #1
Amritsar - 13' 6" x 17' 6"
Carpets like this one, produced in the nineteenth century at Amritsar in Northern India, are the heirs to the great tradition of classical Mughal carpet weaving. Like its Mughal forerunners, the carpet utilizes an array of trees and flowering shrubs staggered in alternation across the ivory ground, with a border of smaller trees or shrubs simply juxtaposed in series. But while the Mughal carpets generally applied a hotter, more tropical palette, Amritsars tend to be much cooler, with blues, purples, and maroons in place of brilliant reds, deep greens, and bright yellows. As such, Amritsars render the classic Mughal designs more compatible with modern decorative taste.