The Jack Daulton Collection
Antique & Ethnographic Art

Antique Persian

Qalamkar Textile


Persian qalamkar (block-printed and hand-painted) textile


pigment on cotton


30 x 47 ½ in.


Esfahan, Iran


18th–19th century, Qajar Period


provenance:  collected in Iran by Jack Daulton


Inv. no. 1

Qalamkar (sometimes kalimkari or kalamkari), literally “pen-workmanship,” are block-printed and hand-painted cotton textiles that are used for wall-hangings, bed-coverings, table-coverings, and other functions.  The city of Esfahan is, and has been for centuries, the center of production of such textiles in Iran (Persia).


This example is in exceptional condition.