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made in Kerman, Iran

Postcard of Textile.
© National Museums Scotland


This textile was made in Kerman in Iran in the 19th century. It is a type that was mainly used for household curtains and hangings.

The textile consists of red wool embroidered with coloured silks and shows a design of birds flanking a tree-of-life motif and dense flower scrolls all round. This design is very popular on Iranian textiles and is meant to evoke Paradise. The style of the embroidery stitches was chosen to imitate woven textiles.

Kerman was famous in Iran during the 18th and 19th centuries for its flourishing textile industry which produced shawl fabric for both furnishing and clothing. In addition to the multicoloured woven wools, closely related embroidered textiles such as this one, were made.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-232-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1921.1415
Date: 19th century
Material: Red twill ground embroidered with coloured silks
What: Cover
Subject: Textiles
Where: Persia, Kerman
Description: Red twill ground cover embroidered with coloured silks and showing a design of birds and flowers in imitation of Kashmir: Persian, Kerman, 19th century
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