Textile with field of poppies on a golden ground

Textile with field of poppies on a golden ground

1600-1750

Twill weave with supplementary weft, stamped: silk and gilt-metal thread

Overall: 82 x 66.7 cm (32 5/16 x 26 1/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1926.22

Description

Trade in textiles flourished between India and Iran. Courtly consumers from the neighboring Mughal and Safavid dynasties admired the products of both regions.
The subtle chevrons set off rows of poppies that sway in alternating directions, lending a gentle liveliness to the overall pattern. Peach and green silk threads interlace to create each poppy in a technique that uses discontinuous wefts and allows for a smooth surface finish to this lightweight textile.

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