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Kashmiri Prayer Mat

India (Kashmir), circa 1850

Length: 146.5 cm
Width: 86.5 cm

A fine and intricately woven rectangular Kashmir prayer mat with a cusped medallion to the centre surrounded by floral designs on a light blue ground. The densely patterned surface (known as millefleurs or thousand flowers) is woven with clusters of stylised small flowers in red, cream and greyish-blue amongst scrolling vines with bluish-green leaves. To each corner is an ogival-shaped cartouche in blue and red and a half medallion similar to the central medallion to the top and bottom. The textile is bordered on all sides by a frieze of flowers.

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