Chintz Palampore Wall or Bed Hanging with Flowering Tree of Life: India C1920
A block-printed and hand painted and drawn cotton chintz Palampore. Made in India for the western market.
Ask in earlier 18th century palampores it has a famous flowering tree design which playfully mixes flora and fauna with iconographic conventions derived from Europe, India, Iran and China, from which came the concept of a flowering plant growing from a rocky landscape.
The term chintz derives from the Hindi ‘chint’, variously translated as ‘spotted’, ‘variagated’, ‘speckled’, or’sprayed’. Early British traders used the term chintz to designate a cotton cloth that was decorated using either the kalem pen or wooden printing blocks.
Palampores and chintz became all the rage throughout Europe, throughout the 17th and 18th clentiries and through to the early 19th.
Chintzes were first used as bed curtains and wall hangings, often replacing heavy crewel-work embroideries and wooden tapestries. These large chintz hangings were called palampores- an angle sized version of the Hindi-Persian ‘palangposh’ which means bedcover.
This particular Palampore has a lovely airy and modern feel which would suit most interior settings. The central Tree of Life is light and sinuous and therefore has a less busy and cluttered feel of many earlier examples.
In excellent antique condition with a some historic mends and supportive patching.
Measurements: 352cm L X 171cm W