Antique Cotton Dhurrie Rug

Circa 1900
Northern India
305 cm x 305 cm
10'0" x 10'0"

The weaving of flat-woven cotton carpets known as dhurries is cited in Mughal chronicles of the 15th century. Probably one of the earliest forms of floor covering, dhurries were woven in various formats according to their function, which range from bed covers to prayer mats. Most were produced in the northern region of Rajasthan, almost always in the local jails. These were often commissioned for specific areas of the Maharaja’s palaces. On this fine example, which bears the signature of the weaver (N. N. Shah), the purplish-red open field is overlaid with a wide ivory border containing an elegant maze-like motif, in brown on ivory, which reminds me of the work of Keith Haring.   

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