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Summer Carpet
1997.4826
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This summer carpet combines in its form and texture, luxury and practicality; whilst richly decorated, it also bears a sturdy surface which has kept it in good condition. Its quilted nature with silk thread embroidery makes it a representative example of needlework with chain stitch produced in Gujaratt during the Mughal period. It does not have a cartouche in the center, which is typical of Persian-style carpets, thus suggesting its localized style and patronage. It is distinct in character as compared to the great classical Mughal woolen carpets of Lahore, Delhi and Jaipur. An earlier quilted ivory-ground summer carpet of 1700 is now in the Riboud collection and a similar example is in the Calico Museum catalogue, Ahmedabad. This bears testimony to the aesthetic and technical strengths of summer carpets of this variety.

History of the Object
This carpet was made in an embroiderer’s guild in Gujarat in western India. Quilted summer carpets with silk thread embroidery like this one represent the typical needlework with chain stitch produced in Gujarat during the Mughal period. Needlework carpets were also produced in Lahore, Agra and Fatehpur in Northern India. The piece was likely bought by a nobleman or a provincial court. It must have graced the interiors of a home or royal court, terrace areas or spaces within tents and thus served its master and his visitors.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Quilted cotton with silk thread embroidery 
Measurements
135 x 401cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Gujarat, Western India 
Geography
India 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
c.1800 
Function
Summer carpets were used widely in India at court and in households. This carpet too may have graced a royal or provincial court or a nobleman’s house in Gujarat or another province in northern India. Besides being used in the interiors of a home or palace, carpets were also spread out on terraces, marble-floored balconies, gardens, etc. They were used by the rulers/princes in the courts or the haram to receive guests as a substitute for the throne, masnad. Thus, different carpets were used for differing hierarchies of visitors, for different occasions and seasons. 
Acquisition
With the advent of modern homes and changing lifestyles, the carpet may have fallen into disuse. Alternatively, it could have been sold as a prized antique by its owner. It appeared on the art market and was purchased by the Asian Civilisations Museum in 1997. 
Copyright
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore 
Acknowledgements
Gauri Krishnan and Priya Jaradi 
Owner
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore 
Museum
Asian Civilisations Museum 
Credit line
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore 

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