A Block Printed and Painted Cotton Panel (Kalamkar or Qalamkar)


Textile,
Pahlavi Era, Iran
Date: 1930s
Sold at Bonham's auction
Source: [1]

The design on such fabrics are created by printing them using a big wooden tools that function like a seal or stamp. They are usually used as Tablecloths. The inscriptions include various verses in Persian in praise of the Pahlavi dynasty. The rays point to the nine mottoes of Reza Shah as well as the globe, Iran being marked.