Fragment of a floor cover

Indian (perhaps Burhanpur, the Deccan)
Mughal dynasty
late 17th or early 18th century

Object Place: possibly Burhanpur, the Deccan, the Deccan, India, Central India


Overall: 169.9 x 118.6 cm (66 7/8 x 46 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave, painted, mordant dyed and resist dyed

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



A fragment of a thin cotton dastarkana, or “summer carpet,” with seams running through the center and along the border. The center consists of undyed cotton with staggered rows of repeated red poppy plants, some of which are upside down. The border consists of a green ground with a row of red leaves or petals. Comparable examples of thin cotton floorspreads decorated with poppies have been attributed to the town of Burhanpur, a Mughal stronghold in the northern Deccan. The attribution is made on the basis of the delicate and decorative treatment of the poppy plants, which resemble those found in paintings by Deccani artists.


1966, Nasli Heeramaneck (b. 1902 - d. 1971) and Alice Heeramaneck (b. 1910 - d. 1993), New York. 1966, John Goelet, Amblainville (Oise) France; 1966, gift of Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 11, 1966)

Credit Line

Gift of John Goelet