Exhibitions/ Art Object

Bedcover

Date:
1725–50
Culture:
British
Medium:
Silk and metal-wrapped thread on linen
Dimensions:
L. 79 x W. 67 1/2 inches (200.7 x 171.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Purchase, Everfast Fabrics Inc. Gift, 1970
Accession Number:
1970.173
Not on view
In addition to yellow-on-white Bengali embroideries made for export were Indian polychrome examples made for Europeans. A 1614 sale in England included "a carpet or quilt embroidered upon calico with sundry silks." Calico, which in the period could denote an Indian all-cotton fabric that was either plain white or patterned, originated in Calicut by the eleventh century. The word "carpet" could signify decorative covers for a variety of furniture types—not necessarily floors. The maker of this English bedspread borrowed from earlier Persian and Turkish pile carpet compositions, with a center medallion and quarter medallions in the corners around the central field.
[ Cora Ginsburg LLC , 1970, sold to MMA ]
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