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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 279

    AN INDIAN DHURRIE

    EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    AN INDIAN DHURRIE
    EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    Of a blue and white palette, with a blue ground with horizontal pastel-coloured narrow stripes, with light surface marks, some fading and spots of wear
    16 ft. 9 in. x 13 ft.6 in. (510 cm. x 412 cm.)


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    Striped dhurries are the most popular and widely-used dhurries in India. They were also favoured by the British and most of the dhurries brought back to Europe were striped or geometric flatweaves. These floor-coverings had dual purpose and were used both in houses as bedding and seating, and outdoors during religious festivals and large gatherings. Sir George Birdwood, in The Industrial Arts of India (London, 1880), saw the dhurrie as a mainly Hindu textile, but their widespread use amongst the Muslim population, particularly those of saf design, such as lot 275a, would suggest otherwise (see N. Chaldecott, Dhurries, London, 2003).

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