Qanat Panel

The Mughal tent panel, also known as Qanat, played a significant role in the interior decoration of Mughal court spaces. These panels were particularly important due to the mobile nature of the Mughal court, which often traveled and set up temporary residences in tents. The Qanat panels served as movable screens that provided both decorative and functional purposes.

Individually, or sewn together in repeat pattern rows, the Qanat panels adorned the interiors of tents used by the Mughal court during hunting parties or tours of inspection. They added a touch of elegance and beauty to these temporary spaces, reflecting the grandeur and sophistication of Mughal aesthetics.

The Qanat panels were meticulously crafted and designed, showcasing intricate patterns and motifs. They were made using various techniques such as embroidery, appliqué work, or block printing. These panels often featured vibrant colors, exquisite detailing, and a combination of floral, geometric, and calligraphic designs.

The peripatetic nature of the Mughal court, constantly on the move, necessitated the use of portable and versatile decorative elements like the Qanat panels. They could be easily transported and installed in different locations, allowing the Mughal emperors and their entourage to create opulent and visually striking interiors wherever they went.

For further information and insights on Qanat panels and related tent panels, the book “Tentage at the Calico Museum and its patterns” by P.A. Andrews and M. Andrews provides valuable resources. It explores the history, patterns, and usage of tent panels in Mughal art and is a comprehensive reference for those interested in this specific area of Mughal decorative arts.

Overall, the Mughal tent panels or Qanat panels played a crucial role in adorning and enhancing the interior spaces of the Mughal court during their travels. They were not only decorative elements but also practical solutions for creating luxurious and aesthetically pleasing environments in a nomadic setting.

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Qanat Panel

A North Indian Mughal Qanat tent panel

Stock Number: 39710

A Mughal tent panel (Qanat) the velvet ground with gilded decoration, North India, possibly Jaipur, late 18th century.



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Approximate Dimensions

  • Height: 113 cm (44.5 inches)
  • Width : 92 cm (36 inches)


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