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.
Artist: Attributed to Thomas How (British, active 1710–33)Date: ca. 1724–36Medium: Walnut and walnut veneer, parcel-gilt, the seat rails of beech; gilded lead mounts on the knees and front rail; verre églomisé panel mounted on the splat; covered in contemporary tent stitch embroidery on canvas needlework not original to the chairAccession: 64.101.936, .937On view in:Not on view