Please complete the form to email this item.


  • Place of origin:

    Kashmir, India (made)

  • Date:

    third quarter of 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool embroidered with woollen thread

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Mrs Estelle Fuller through The Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Temporary Exhibition, room 39, case ca6b

Physical description

Shawl embroidered with multi-coloured wools with a pictorial map of Srinagar. The background consists of rectangles of twill-weave wool, seamed together. On this ground the embroidery has been worked in fine wools, mainly in darn-stitch, satin stitch and stem-stitch, creating on the surface the effect of a woven design. An embroidered Persian inscription is set at regular intervals round the border, and further inscriptions are scattered among the buildings.

Place of Origin

Kashmir, India (made)


third quarter of 19th century (made)


Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Wool embroidered with woollen thread


Length: 90 in, Width: 78 in

Object history note

Registered File number 1970/3190.
Given in 1970.

Descriptive line

Embroidered wool map-shawl, Kashmir, India, third quarter of the 19th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

J.B. Harley and David Woodward, eds., The History of Cartography. Volume Two, Book One. Cartography in the Traditional Islamic and South Asian Societies, University of Chicago Press, 1992, pl. 33 p. 433.

Exhibition History

(Victoria & Albert Museum Gallery 38, Exhibition Hall 03/10/2015-10/01/2016)


Wool (textile); Wool yarn


Embroidering; Twill weave

Subjects depicted

Map; Srinagar


Accessories; Clothing; Textiles; Embroidery; Maps

Collection code


Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.