Carpet made at the Beauvais Manufactory, Unknownabout 1690 - 1720

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

This woven carpet may have been used to cover a table, but more probably it was meant to lie on the floor. An imaginary light source, imitating the sunlight from a window, casts dark green shadows along one side of the floral garlands, creating the illusion of depth. This fairly small carpet was probably made for a salon, where it may have matched the tapestry upholstery on the chairs and other seat furniture in the room.

As there are no identifying marks on this carpet, scholars can only presume on the basis of style that it was made in either a French or Flemish manufactory. Research has shown that the lush garlands of flowers, which combine carnations, daffodils, poppies, roses, and tulips, portray specific varieties of flowers that were introduced to Europe at known dates.

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  • Title: Carpet
  • Creator: Carpet made at the Beauvais Manufactory, Unknown
  • Date: about 1690 - 1720
  • Location Created: Beauvais, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 249.5 x 374.3 cm (98 1/4 x 147 3/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Wool and silk
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Textile
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 86.DC.633
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Decorative Arts


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