Bedcover or wall hanging (palampore)
Cotton, linen, paint
Overall: 78 1/2 x 52 1/2 x 1/4 in. ( 199.4 x 133.4 x 0.6 cm )
Painted pieced cotton bedcover or wall hanging (palampore) with ornate flowering tree in center panel ("Indian Veil" or Tree of Life design) and border with scrolling vine; blue, red, brown, and black on natural ground; linen backing (not original).
The word "palampore" derives from the Persian and Hindi word "palangposh," or bedcover. Palampores are mentioned in the records of the English East India Company as early as 1614, and a number of them with histories of eighteenth-century ownership survive in the United States (see "Textiles in America, 1650-1870," p. 314).
Krohn, Deborah, Peter Miller, and Marybeth De Filippis, eds., "Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick." New York: Bard Graduate Center, New-York Historical Society, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, p. iix; 266-7
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
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