Floor Covering or Hanging (Pha Kiao), Cotton (painted resist and mordant, dyed), India (Coromandel Coast), for the Thai market

Floor Covering or Hanging (Pha Kiao)

18th century
India (Coromandel Coast), for the Thai market
Cotton (painted resist and mordant, dyed)
Overall: 83 x 43 1/8 in. (210.8 x 109.5 cm)
Textiles-Painted and Printed
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Huntington Norton, 1944
Accession Number:
Not on view
Luxury painted cotton textiles expressly commissioned for the Siamese royal court constitute a specialized category of the Indian chintz trade. They include designs that closely follow Thai aesthetics—densely rendered decorative detail typically arranged in trellis-like lattice patterns that repeat across a central field. Here figures of the Hindu deity Brahma emanate from cartouches set within a trellis pattern of heavenly nymphs (apsara) and sandal-flower rosettes. Its intricate decorative detail was achieved by a series of repeat resist-dyeing processes that built up the pattern’s polychrome complexity.
cat. no. 40
Mrs. Huntington Norton , Durham, CT (until 1944; donated to MMA)