680 x 586 cm (22’6” x 19’3”)
|| weft faced plain weave in cotton on cotton warps
|| The weaving of flatwoven cotton carpets known as dhurries is cited in Mughal chronicles of the 15th century. Probably one of the earliest forms of floor covering, dhurries were woven in various formats according to their function, which range from bed covers to prayer mats.
The massive example shown here is called a darbar dhurrie, and was commissioned for a palace in Jaipur in the Rajasthan region. The architectural design, composed of an infinite repeat of octagons connected to each other by means of an 'infinite knot', is most probably derived from tile patterns of the Mughal period. The monumental affect achieved by this flatweave is the result of its unique Indian aesthetic, and honours one of the lesser-known families of carpets.
|| D. Black, The Unappreciated Dhurrie, London 1982
S. Ahuja, Dhurrie - Flatwoven Rugs of India, Mumbai 1999