mid 17th century (made)



Length of Silk and gold fabric, Twill weave with complimentary wefts and inner warps, North India or Iran, mid 17th century.

Length of woven silk and gold-wrapped thread. Design of staggered individual pink poppy flowers facing in opposite direction with each row.

This magnificent length of silk and gold cloth is typical of the highest woven fabrics made for the courts of Mughal India and Safavid Iran during the 17th century. The design is a classic Mughal floral pattern, although technical characteristics suggest that it may have been woven in Iran. Metal ground textiles like this can be identified in many miniature paintings of courtly scenes, made up into robes or used as luxury furnishings. According to family tradition of the owners, this piece was used as to carry a Stuart prince at his christening.

On loan from the Earl of Northesk. Family tradition maintains that this cloth was used at the christening of a Stuart prince.

Location: South Asia, room 41, case 20

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