Wool, woven on ivory ground with a field of slanted blue boteh, the central medallion and and conforming quarter roundels with intricate floral lattice, good condition

66⅞ x 68⅛in. (167 x 173cm.)

Christie's South Kensington, 06 October 2008, lot 510
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The decoration of Kashmir moon shawls can be divided into two major groups. The first is distinguished by Kashmir vase-flower arrangements organised in stripes, while the second, as shown in the present shawl, is characterised by delicate boteh and elaborate arabesques set within a coloured field (Jack Cassin, "Chand-Dar: The Moon-Shawls of Kashmir" HALI 3, 4 (1981), pp. 290-93, p.290). Such shawls are stylistically close to the Cairene Ottoman carpets from which they are derived and a similar example is published in Ames, 1997, pl.153, p.332. Like their Ottoman inspiration, moon shawls were largely produced according to Western stylistic demands and became particularly favoured by British and French ladies in the last quarter of the eighteenth century (Ryan Paveza, “Moon Shawl (Chand-Dar).” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies, vol. 34, no. 1, 2008, pp. 88–96, p.88).
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