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Woven Wall Hanging

Object Name:
Hanging
Date:
ca. 1820–30
Geography:
India, Kashmir
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wool, metal wrapped thread; double interlocking twill; tapestry weave, embroidered
Dimensions:
Textile: L. 72 in. (182.9 cm) W. 51 3/4 in. (131.4 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
x.103.4
  • Description

    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.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscription in Persian in nasta‘liq script in cartouche at center of upper frame:
    یا حسین
    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.

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