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Fragment (Iran), 17th century

This is a Fragment. It is dated 17th century and we acquired it in 1957. Its medium is cotton and its technique is block-printed and/or painted on plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Although the paisley motif’s history is too complex to trace in one chronological arc, early designs show the motif’s roots as a flowering plant, usually still in its grounding mound or pot. The bulbous bottom and narrowing top reflect the natural taper of some plants.

This object was donated by Mr. Hooshang Motamed. It is credited Gift of Hooshang Motamed.

Its dimensions are

Warp x Weft: 39.4 x 32.1 cm (15 1/2 x 12 5/8 in.)

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Fragment (Iran), 17th century; cotton; Warp x Weft: 39.4 x 32.1 cm (15 1/2 x 12 5/8 in.); Gift of Hooshang Motamed; 1957-183-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Paisley.

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