Asian Art in London

Category: Exhibitions

Sarah Haberkern reports:

This year’s Asian Art in London will take place 3-12 November.  Asian Art in London is an annual event which involves London’s leading Asian art dealers, joining together for a series of selling exhibitions in the dealers own galleries during the 10 days of Asian Art in London.

One of the exhibiting dealers Alex Zedah, 4 Marylebone Street London, will during Asian Art exhibit an early 18th century Mogul summer carpet.

mogul silk gold embroidery summer carpet circa 1700 298x253cm
Mogul silk gold embroidery summer carpet circa 1700. Size 298x253cm. Exhibited by Alex Zedah.

Mogul summer carpets have a long tradition in India. They are embroideries with elaborate floral designs in floss silk in satin stitch. They often have areas of couched metal-wrapped thread. They were most likely produced in Deccan during the 18th century and often attributed to various centres including Goa. There is a related example to the summer carpet in the Victoria & Albert museum which is said to have belonged to Tipu Sultan of Mysore, who died at the battle of Seringapatam in 1799. Typical for the type both examples show a central oval medallion with radiating flowering stems, quarter medallions in the corners and borders with floral meanders.

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