On 8 October 2013 Christie’s will offer a rare and magnificent Millefleur “star-lattice” carpet which dates to late 17th/early 18th century Mughal India. This carpet, which is in exceptional condition, was once owned by American industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt and remained in his family for over a century. As one of only 12 Millefleur carpets from this illustrious time in Mughal India, the carpet is expected to realise between £1.5 million and £2 million. During the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries the carpet looms of the Mughal dynasty in India produced many of the most magnificent carpets extant today. These beautiful carpets were originally woven to adorn the palaces of the Mughal Indian aristocracy, but through Dutch, Portuguese and English trading companies they quickly became highly sought after objects by wealthy Europeans.
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