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Carpet with Floral Pattern, Northern India, reign of Shah Jahan, ca. 1650. Silk and pashmina. 76 x 46 in. Courtesy of The Frick Collection, New York; photography by Michael Bodycomb
The Frick Collection,
East 70th Street, New York, NY
Through August 14, 2005
For information call 212.288.0700
or visit www.frick.org

Carpet production began in India during the reign of Mughal emperor Akbar (1556–1605) and reached its climax under Shah Jahan (1628–1658). The Frick Collection owns two of the few surviving examples from this period—one never before shown by the museum. These recently conserved Mughal carpets are extremely rare and important fragments of larger works. Painstakingly returned to their original splendor by textile conservator Nobuko Kajitani, it is now possible to admire the dazzling array of trees and flowers portrayed on the carpets’ surface.
Note: Children under ten are not admitted to the Collection; those under sixteen must be accompanied by an adult.

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