Textiles and Carpets
Doris Duke’s (1912–93) collecting of Islamic art was often informed by her desire to acquire works of art that could be displayed, and often used, throughout her private home. This circumstance resulted in her acquisition of a variety of textiles with functional purposes: Persian, Indian and Spanish carpets for covering the floors; Central Asian embroideries (suzanis) for sheathing couches and walls; Egyptian and Indian appliques for blocking the sun’s glare; and Persian and Turkish velvets for decorating vitrines. Several notable sub-collections are considered here. With the exception of the pair of shaped Mughal carpets acquired by Duke in 1990, all of these textiles were regularly used and/or displayed at Shangri La.