Imperial Threads: motifs and artisans from Turkey, Iran and India
15 March 2017 to 27 January 2018
Imperial Threads: Motifs and Artisans from Turkey, Iran and India brings a new perspective to the Museum of Islamic Art’s collection by showing the connection between three major dynasties who mark the start of the early modern period in Islamic art. With this interaction between the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal dynasties, an entirely new distinctive range of motifs emerged, referencing and building upon earlier Islamic tradition and foreign artistic influences. Through the high level of patronage and artistic craftsmanship, patrons and artists succeeded in shaping this cultural exchange. Focusing on carpets as the prominent medium, manuscripts, metalwork, ceramics, and other objects are also featured in this exhibition to illustrate the historical and artistic context of this time.
Lotus Flower Motifs
Adapted from Chinese traditions, the lotus flower is a motif that frequently appeared in Islamic art following the Mongol invasions of the 13th century.
Mughal art often features floral compositions grouped into clusters and placed to fit within an interlaced or criss-crossed scheme, commonly called the lattice design.