Category Archive 'Mughal'

15 Apr 2009

The Aynard Carpet

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Aynard carpet, Mughal pashmina, Kashmir, circa 1630-1640. . 4′. 1 ” x 2′. 11 ” (124.5cm x 90cm). Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid.

– Click on image for link to larger picture at web-site of Pakistan firm attempting to produce a reproduction.

One of the principal contributors at fellow boutique blog Maggie’s Farm has done several postings on the Oriental Rug, and I thought he’d enjoy a look at this particular example. I like rugs, too, but ours are all rolled up and stored away in our house right now, since we adopted a Basset Bleu de Gascoigne named Cadet. Dogs will reliably regurgitate the latest nasty thing they found out in the yard by preference right in the middle of your favorite and most expensive antique oriental rug.

[T]he Aynard carpet, considered one of the greatest pashmina knotted Mughal carpets, contains a bouquet of blossoms that resemble octopi floating languorously on a crimson sky filled with dragon-head chi clouds. Here, we enter the surreal world of the artist’s brilliant imagination, whose floral bouquet of voluptuous efflorescence sweeps us away into a metaphysical reverie.

Frank Ames.

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