The Jack Daulton Collection
Antique & Ethnographic 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).