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Qalamkari textile

Qalamkari textile

  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Block printed borders with hand drawn and painted central design

  • Credit Line:

    Given by David Hunt.
    Restoration supported by Mr Alireza Sarikhani.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Four complete and one partial width of plain weave cotton, joined vertically with block printed borders and hand drawn and painted central design depicting Nadir Shah's army defeating Muhammad Shah's army in 1739, at the Battle of Karnal. Some of the soldiers depicted are standing or either on horseback or riding elephants. They are holding spears and swords and some of the soldiers have been beheaded. In the bottom left corner of the image is a cannon.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


1800-1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Block printed borders with hand drawn and painted central design


Length: 437 cm, Width: 326 cm, Weight: 13.2 kg, Width: 3211 mm Top, Width: 3213 mm Bottom, Length: 4361 mm Proper right, Length: 4298 mm Proper left

Descriptive line

Hanging or qalamkari, woven cotton with block printed and hand painted design, depicting the 1739 victory of Nader Shah over the Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah at the Battle of Karnal, Iran, 1800-1900


Cotton (textile)


Hand drawn; Painted; Block printing

Subjects depicted

Figures; Camels; Elephants; Battle; Cannons (artillery); Horses


Textiles; Islam


Middle East Section

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