Facts on Tipu Sultan's Garden Tent

Tipu Sultan was an 18th century ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore in India, renowned for his fierce resistance to British colonialism. Tipu Sultan tragically lost his life in 1799 during the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War against the British.

After Tipu Sultan's death, the British pillaged his treasury and transported it to London. Tipu Sultan's garden-like tent was among the spoils of war taken from Mysore.

The "Fabric of India" exhibition, which ran from October 2015 to January 2016, was organised by London's Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum to explore the vast world of Indian handmade textiles, as well as the technical intricacies of textile production and its aesthetic value. The exhibition provided a unique opportunity to gain insight into the rich cultural heritage of India, showcasing the intricate craftsmanship and artistry of Indian textiles.

Tipu Sultan's garden tent was the star attraction at this exhibition. The canopy and walls of the tent were erected in the gallery, allowing visitors to walk inside and explore the beautiful design up close. This exquisite tent is now part of the collection of the National Trust at Powis Castle. 

© Powis Castle and Garden

The tent, crafted between 1725 and 1750, was akin to a portable palace that Tipu would bring with him on his travels across territories, allowing him to remain ensconced in its lavish floral interior.

The tent is composed of four distinct sections, crafted from printed cotton chintz, undyed cotton, bamboo, metal and leather. Its exterior is plain, while the interior is highly decorative featuring panels with repeated acanthus-cusped niches, adorned with symmetrical vases flower heads and stems. This intricate design creates a stunning visual effect, making the tent a truly unique and eye-catching piece. The tent measures 2080 mm in height and 1140 mm in width.


It is believed that Tipu Sultan signed the Treaty of Srirangapatna in this tent. In the early 1800s, the tent was acquired by the 1st Earl of Powis and brought to Powis Castle.

V&A Museum Senior Textile Conservator Elizabeth-Anne Haldane and Technical Services Team Manager Richard Ashbridge took the responsibility of pitching the biggest tent the V&A has ever seen. 

Lee Jofa's Oscar De La Renta III Sameera Print collection of Wallpapers/Curtains

This exquisite wallpaper is from the Oscar de la Renta III collection named Sameera print. Can you guess the source of inspiration behind this stunning wallpaper?

Further Reading:

Raising the Roof! Mounting Tipu's Tent