Silken tomb cover. Taqueté
Iran, Kashan; (1)153 H = 1740-1741
H: 118; W: 91 cm
This textile, woven with the taqueté technique, was intended to cover a cenotaph in a mausoleum. Its main panel is embellished primarily with passages from the Koran and Shiite prayers, written in elegant Thuluth calligraphy.
A very unusual feature is the specific information found in narrow bands, written in Nastaliq. We are told that the cloth was donated by Hajjiyyah Khwanzadeh, daughter of Qasim Ibanaki, in the year 153, that Muhammad Mumin was the calligrapher who made the model for the inscriptions, and that Muhammad Husayn ibn Hajji Muhammad al-Kashani wove the cloth.
It was a costly affair to weave a textile with so much specific information that could not be reused for any other purpose.
Inv. no. 30/1971
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