Early Masterpiece Shawls of Kashmir

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Plate Seven
Length: 15 inches
Width: 10 inches
Warp: 224 per inch
Weft: 156-224 per inch
Collection: on loan to Weaving Art Museum
Condition: fragment


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The relationship between Kashmir shawls and Mughal carpets is another unexplored issue. Both weaving groups used super high quality materials and required highly skilled designers and weavers. They were manufactured in royal ateliers, or at least ones that received royal patronage, and were destined for sale and use by members of the royal court. However there is little to substantiate these parallels and locating evidence of any connection between shawl and carpet weaving has not proven to be anything other than inconclusive.

While a number of examples share somewhat similar looking large flower designs any exact correlation linking a carpet design to a shawl has yet to be published. There is one and it is published here for the first time.