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Persian Paisley Woodblock Printed Textile

Paisley Kalamkari textile from India.

Hand blocked vegetable and iron oxide dyes on cotton.

The fabric is printed using patterned wooden stamps .

Made in India for the Persian market, circa 1930

Qalamkari literally “pen-workmanship,” are block-printed and hand-painted cotton textiles that are used for wall-hangings, bed-coverings, table-coverings, and other functions. Kalamkari is a form of Persian woodblock printed textile that originates from Esfahan in central Iran over 400 years ago.

This textile piece has fringes from both sides.