Wool, metal wrapped thread; double interlocking twill; tapestry weave, embroidered
Textile: L. 72 in. (182.9 cm)
W. 51 3/4 in. (131.4 cm)
Not on view
Kashmir was famous for its beautiful woven shawls made of the fine goat’s wool called pashmina, woven in the distinctive double-interlocking tapestry weave style. Hangings, cushion covers, and some articles of clothing were also made in this technique, in which the piece was woven with bobbins or spools, with the weft colors inserted as required by the pattern, interlocking where two adjoining colors meet. Floral motifs were the most common decoration on the Kashmiri woven textiles, the most distinctive being the bota, a conelike design of a flower or shrub with a curving tip.
Inscription: Inscription in Persian in nasta‘liq script in cartouche at center of upper frame:
فرمایش نواب اشرف والا
محمد عظیم خان
O Husain, Ordered by the most noble governor, Muhammad ‘Azim Khan
At bottom left-hand corner:
برکت یا شاه نجف
Blessing, O King of Najaf
Marking: See link panel.
Unknownprovenance; acquired by the Metropolitan Museum by 1957
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 283, pp. 342, 398-299, ill. p. 398.