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 and are often of massive dimensions.
This unique example was most probably commissioned at the height of the fashion for European Modernism. The colours employed are quite unique, and show a distinctive Art Deco flavour. The unusual, large square format indicate that it was probably commissioned for a specific area of a palace. It has an exceptional patina combined with an exquisite texture typical of antique cotton .