Daulton Art

Antique Persian Qalamkar Prayer Hanging

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

 

pigment on cotton

 

length 52 6/8 x width 36 3/8 in.

 

Esfahan, Iran

 

late 19th – early 20th century, Qajar Period

 

provenance: collected in Iran by Jack Daulton

 

Inv. no. 3

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 very good condition aside from a number of light stains.

 

It features a central field in the form of a prayer niche (mihrab).