Daulton Art

Antique Persian Qalamkar Prayer Hanging with Inscription

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

 

pigment on cotton

 

length 31 7/8 x width 30 in.

 

Esfahan, Iran

 

late 19th century, Qajar Period

 

This example features a cartouche containing an inscription.

 

provenance:  collected in Iran by Jack Daulton

 

Inv. no. 2

 

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 features a central field in the form of a prayer niche (mihrab), as well as a cartouche containing an inscription.

 

Condition: good condition aside from several light stains (probably removable with cleaning).