Coverlet, Whole Cloth

Coverlet, Whole Cloth
The whole cloth palampore coverlet is printed with a tree-of-life motif surrounded by birds, flowers, and insects. Colors are predominantly browns, roses, and blues with a tan background. A shepherd with a flute and various pastoral animals are depicted under the tree. To the left are castellated ruins and a ship on the sea. To the right of the tree is another section of the seas with two cloaked men and a giraffe on a log raft, which is a reference to Zarafa, the giraffe given to Charles X by the Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt, Mehmet Ali Pasha in 1824. The entire design is bordered by a paisley motif.
Charleston Museum Quilt Collection
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
Media Type:
Topical Subject:
Decoration and ornament--Plant forms, Birds, Giraffe, Paisley design
Shelving Locator:
HT 4833
Internet Media Type:
Digitization Specifications:
Photographed using a Nikon D90 with a 50.0 mm f/1.8 lens. 1/125 sec, f/9, ISO 250, sRGB.
Copyright Status Statement:
Public Domain.
Access Information:
Courtesy of The Charleston Museum. Photo by Sean Money. For more information contact The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403.