Panel from a Tent Lining (Qanat)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

The size, shape, and design of this panel tell us that it was probably once joined to a series of similar panels that would have enclosed an outdoor space. These textiles, known as qanats, were used in gardens within the palace compound and for camping during overland journeys. The central motif of a flowering plant is a fantastic hybrid of blossoms including irises and Chinese lanterns.

Panel from a Tent Lining (Qanat), Cotton; plain weave, mordant dyed and painted, resist-dyed

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