Object Name: Bedcover or wall hanging (palampore)
Date: ca. 1720-1740
Medium: Cotton, linen, paint
Dimensions: Overall: 78 1/2 x 52 1/2 x 1/4 in. ( 199.4 x 133.4 x 0.6 cm )
Place made: Asia, India
Description: Painted pieced cotton bedcover or wall hanging (palampore) with ornate flowering tree in center panel ("Indian Veil" or Tree of Life design) and border with scrolling vine; blue, red, brown, and black on natural ground; linen backing (not original).
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
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Object Number: 1938.1
The word "palampore" derives from the Persian and Hindi word "palangposh," or bedcover. Palampores are mentioned in the records of the English East India Company as early as 1614, and a number of them with histories of eighteenth-century ownership survive in the United States (see "Textiles in America, 1650-1870," p. 314).
Krohn, Deborah, Peter Miller, and Marybeth De Filippis, eds., "Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick." New York: Bard Graduate Center, New-York Historical Society, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, p. iix; 266-7
"Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margarita van Varick," Bard Graduate Center, New York, NY, September 18, 2009-January 24, 2010.