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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2015.64
Title
Cover
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Date
19th century
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/331563
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Cotton patterned with block printing and wax-resist dyeing; quilted; backed with modern fabric; and edged with machine-made fringe
Dimensions
89 x 124 cm (35 1/16 x 48 13/16 in.)
Provenance
Mark and Ruth Irwin, Wooster, Ohio (by 1965 - 1998), by descent; to Beth Irwin Lewis, Oberlin, Ohio (1998 - 2015), gift; to the Harvard Art Museums, 2015.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Beth Irwin Lewis in memory of J. Mark and Ruth Irwin
Accession Year
2015
Object Number
2015.64
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This quilted cover is an example of qalamkar (“pen-work”), a traditional technique of decorating cotton with dyes. The design features a central medallion on a red field patterned with butahs in off-set repeat. The central medallion and quarter medallions in the corners combine birds, blossoms, leaves, and knot patterns. Two wide borders contain running floral scrolls; and multiple guard stripes hold small floral motifs. The design employs the traditional four colors (black, red, blue, and yellow) and has been created by block printing and wax resist.

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