Fragments of carpet were discovered in a 17th-century shipwreck at the bottom of the sea off the coast of the Netherlands.
Fragments of a carpet that had been buried at the bottom of the sea for nearly 400 years are now on display in the Netherlands.
The carpet, which is made from silk and wool, is decorated with flowers and animals, including lions.
Based on the patterns, colors and weaving techniques, art historians concluded that the fabric was likely manufactured in Lahore, in present-day Pakistan, during the second quarter of the 17th century, according to the Kaap Skil museum on Texel Island, which started exhibiting the rare textile this week.
During the Dutch Golden Age, ships traveling to and from Amsterdam would stop around Texel Island in the Wadden Sea.
Because it was such a heavily trafficked area, the waters around the island are now littered with ships that sank during rough storms.