• Imperial Threads Lattice Motifs

    Lattice Motifs

Mughal art often features floral compositions grouped into clusters and placed to fit within an interlaced or criss-crossed scheme, commonly called the lattice design. This design became popular under the emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1628–1658) and was not only used on carpets but also on marble decorations for palaces, as well as the borders of royal albums. Each lattice encloses naturalistic flowering plants and blossoms arranged in rows against a plain background.

Flower and Lattice Carpet

Mughal, Lahore or Kashmir

Mid-17th century

Wool pile on a cotton foundation

580 x 246 cm

CA.23.1998

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