88 x 50 cm
This Indo-Persian Kalamkari is of a highly unusual small size.
Like two other Kalamkaris from our archive ( see https://www.christopherleggeorientalcarpets.com/products/view/kalamkari/ and https://www.christopherleggeorientalcarpets.com/products/view/antique-indo-persian-kalamkari/ ), it was made in the 19th century by painting and block printing a fine cotton cloth. (The term Kalamkari is derived from the word kalam, meaning pen.) The design follows the same classic format of an architectural structure around a field pattern ending in a mihrab. The mihrab is surrounded in the corners by a pair of beautiful, opposing birds, most likely peacocks, each facing away from the centre. They are surrounded by a profusion of small flowers on a delicate blue ground.
A repeat of small and larger botehs decorates the field on a red ground.
The textile is made of chintzed cotton. It is hemmed in with light blue silk and has a fine, printed cotton backing.
The Kalamkari is in excellent condition.