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Omar Khyyam Silk Pictorial Rug Golden threads Hand Knotted 6ft x 4ft
Omar Khyyam (1048-1131) was a persian polymath: philosopher, mathematician, astronomer and poet. He also wrote treatise on mechanics, geography, mineralogy, music, climatology and theology
Kashmir is proud to present a rare assemblage of pictorial rugs from various parts of the world. Pictorial rugs with images of people are extremely rare, as most of the rugs are adorned with floral or geometric patterns. The first evidence of rug design dates back to the 9th century BCE, and the oldest know pictorial rug is from the 6th century BCE. The subject of pictorial rugs include kings and leaders, stories from the Bible or the Koran, and legendary heroes and poets.
Kashmiri art and handicrafts go back over 500 years, with design inspiration from Persia and other nearby nations. Dating back to 1398, Taimur invaded India, and the Sultan Sikander of Kashmir came to terms with the invaders. As part of his tribute to the invaders, he sent his son back with the Amir to Samaekand, his capital. Taimur, in addition to his military ambitions, aspired also to be a great patron of the arts, letters and philosophy. Therefore, the exile for the young Kashmiri prince proved instructive and stimulating, and he made good use of this rare opportunity. When he returned and ascended the throne in Srinagar as Zain-ul-Abedin in 1423, he collected around him skilled craftsmen and artist who began the great art tradition of Kashmir.
Over time, carpet weaving in Kashmir has attained extraordinary levels, and can claim some of the finest hand-knotted carpets in the world. While retaining the original techniques, great advancements have been made. The pile itself is now made of the fine silk from mulberry worms raised in Kashmir expressly for these carpets. The resulting sheen and luster give interplay of infinite reflections, and become even richer over time as they are used. The density of knots has been refined to achieve suppleness unknown in Persian carpets of wool. Still cottage industries, these works of art are woven in the artisan’s home, with various family members assisting. The pattern, or taleem, is “sung” and pliant weaver’s fingersrespond by creating specific number of knots in a particular color.
An Urdu couplet says:
“They are purse proud in the world that can practice some handicraft.
The fingers of a craftsman are the keys to the treasury of Kashmir.”
elephant wall art decorative panels jewel art tapestry 26w x 22h
This magnificent elephant wall art jewel tapestry has beautiful turquoise and coral stones embroidered on to the saddle and gorgeous silk hand embroidery flower blossoms woven along the edges, with each center a tiny jewel. These elephant wall art decorative panels today are embroidered in silk made from mulberry worms raised in Kashmir. The resulting sheen and luster gives an interplay of infinite reflections. Jewel embroidery work is a magnificent and exceptional art of Zardozi. This art thrived in Mughal era and received patronage of Kings and Royal families. Semi-precious stones, hundreds in numbers depending on the size and design are meticulously crafted and fixed in golden or silken threads to create an exquisite wall hanging or tapestry. Details of the Elephant Wall Art: Width Height 22″ Inch (56 cms) 26″ Inch (66 cms)
Grand Jewel Carpet 6ft x 9ft
Jewel Carpet is a magnificient and exceptional art of Zardozi. This art thrived in Mughal era and received patronage of Kings and Royal families. Semi-precious stones, hundreds in numbers depending on the size and design, like Jade, Onyx, Tiger Eye, Quartz, Turquoise, Coral, Lapis, malachite, and moonstone are meticulously crafted and fixed in golden or silken threads to create a fine object of wall hanging or tapestry.
Jewel Carpet is prepared by highly skilled Master craftsman, who have varied experience. They have the technical know-how and patience to pass a needle thousands of times through cloth with not a cotton thread but a thin metallic plated wire for creation of an exclusive item which has a magnetic effect that attracts people on the very first look. The plated wires are artistically interwoven on velvet cloth with fringes on all four sides. This is decorated with stones in utmost precision and balance. The Jewel Carpet is sometimes endowed as a gift on marriage occasions and used for wall hanging. Kings, Nawabs and Rajas, usually purchased the carpet in bygone days, but with change of social order and economic scenario all over, this is now an item for people of taste.
While this was an item of furnishing, small sized carpets were occasionally used for wall hangings. In the European Countries the art of hand painting, used for wall hanging, has reached its zenith during the last three centuries and the artisans in the Indian sub-continent, includingKashmir, were greatly influenced to prepare a substitute item of exclusive object to be used for wall hanging. The item had to have balance with the total environment to entice rich people to make it saleable. The Master artisans conceived an object called the Jewel Carpet, which has inclusion of local tinge and befits local atmosphere and taste.