TAPESTRY FLOWERS
Early Masterpiece Shawls of Kashmir

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PLATE FIFTEEN
Length: 60 inches
Width: 60 inches
Warp: 224 per inch
Weft: 224-256 per inch
Collection: formerly author; present whereabouts unknown
Condition: complete

 



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This is, of course, another example of the chand-dar but the crenellated ogival medallion with such an intricate, highly realistic renditions of flowers and the alternating light and dark tile-designed field pattern visually transcends this format. It is truly a unique shawl, an amazing artwork, and the perfect statement to end this exhibition.

From the available information it would appear this shawl dates from the very end of the SFP, circa 1790. The inventive use of traditional design, the clarity of the weave and dyes are consistent with this period of shawl production. The silk warp side borders and the semi-abstract floral element in each of the tiles in the field also place it at the end of the 18th century. The wider size and the crowded floral decoration in the border ushers in the style that will become the norm in almost all shawls, square or long, after circa 1820.