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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Shade Tree

[Detail: late-17th-century painted mordant-dyed and painted cotton Coromandel Coast palampore made for the Indonesian market. Collection of Thomas Murray, California. 
Published in John Guy's book, Woven Cargoes: Indian Textiles in the East.]

Darker, earthier, berry hues say mid-summer, to me. And deep indigo actually feels cool, like a spot in the shade.

Imagine lying under this stylized flowering tree. Found in south Sumatra, the wear and tear seen at each corner of the cotton palampore suggests it was used as a canopy, writes John Guy in Woven Cargoes: Indian Textiles in the East.

It represents a stylistic mash-up: Indo-Persian flowering tree, rocky Sino-Persian landscape. Although made in India for the Indonesian market, painted-and-dyed cotton floral hangings like this also show a bit of the European taste coming through during the late 17th century, according to Guy. In his book he references John Irwin's perfect description:

"...a tree with serpentine trunk and branches growing on a mound or rockery; often with partly exposed roots, and bearing a profusion of fruits, flowers and foliage of mixed and multifarious botanical associations." 


Ms. Ainee C. Beland said...

The rugs are lovely. Great floral prints from India, they do make some of the best rugs.

I am commenting because I attended SoWa Open Markets in Boston's BackBay area and one of the antique shops had rugs, very lovely Turkish, Pakistani and rugs from India. I did not enter to view. But it did make me think of this Design blog Style Court. I am not Ms. Barnes. I mean I did not take photos of the rugs but took photos of happenings of interest while at SoWa.

Thank you for sharing your wealth always.

Style Court said...


Sounds like you saw some gorgeous textiles! Happy to hear something reminded you of this blog. Thanks so much.