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Floor cloth

  • Place of origin:

    Sultanpur (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1881 - ca. 1882 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, woven, mordant-dyed and block printed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Large cotton floor cloth, dyed a light ochre colour, mordant-dyed and block printed with a floral repeat, in the centre is a roundel design containing stylised flower heads, the borders contain abstract motifs interspersed with trailing flowers. The block printing is predominantly in red, with black in the borders. An additional border of architectural motifs with leaf-shaped design containing plants. Complete piece, made up of separate pieces joined.

Place of Origin

Sultanpur (made)


ca. 1881 - ca. 1882 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton, woven, mordant-dyed and block printed


Length: 560 cm approx., Width: 266 cm

Object history note

Acquired by Caspar Purdon Clarke on his purchasing trip to India in 1881 to 1882.

Historical context note

Intended for use as a floor cloth or cover.

Descriptive line

Textile, floor cloth, block printed and mordant-dyed cotton, Sultanpur, ca. 1881-1882




Woven; Mordant-dyed; Block printed

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Plants


Textiles; Household objects; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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