• Imperial Threads Lotus Flower Motifs

    Lotus Flower Motifs

Adapted from Chinese traditions, the lotus flower is a motif that frequently appeared in Islamic art following the Mongol invasions of the 13th century. It is generally depicted in a stylised manner set amongst scrolling vegetal designs, and can be found on a variety of media including textiles, metalwork and manuscripts. On carpets, it is usually represented on the borders in repeat form or in the field as a centralised composition.

Palmette Carpet

Mughal, Lahore

Early 17th century

Wool pile on a cotton foundation

203 x 135 cm

MIA.2013.181

 

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