Puzzling with pieces of 350 year-old carpet

Thirteen fragments of an oriental carpet, surfaced from a seventeenth-century shipwreck that lies on the bottom of the Wadden Sea. Hundreds of unique objects have been found in the so-called Palmhout wreck, including this rare carpet. Among other things, you see illustrations of animals and flowers on the remnants. Scientists have examined the material, weaving technique, colors and motifs extensively. They think that the carpet was fabricated in the north of India, in the region of Lahore. That’s why we have called it the Lahore carpet.


Presumably, the carpet dates back to the seventeenth century. Carpets with exotic scenery were very popular during the Golden Age. It is known from 17th paintings that a carpet usually lay on a table.


The Lahore carpet is momentarily being examined by an international team of scientists, which is why this top piece is not being displayed in the museum at the moment. In the exhibition Diving in Details, you can follow the research of the surfaced treasures from the Palmhout Wreck. On a large touchscreen, you can choose from stories, photos and background information. The research will be completed in 2021, at which time the objects from the wreck will be exhibited in the museum.

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