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What is this?

Length of woven fabric with a black ground and oversized multi-colored paisley motifs, facing in opposite directions in each off-set row.

Why is this in our collection?

Massive Paisley, designed by Maharam Design Studio, is a wildly oversized, contemporary interpretation of the traditional paisley pattern, a teardrop shape usually filled with a profusion of tiny flowers. The paisley, or boteh, can be traced back to ancient Babylon, where a teardrop shape was used as a symbol to represent the growing shoot of a date palm. The palm provided food, drink, clothing (woven fibers), and shelter, and so became regarded as the Tree of Life, with its growing shoot being gradually recognized as a fertility symbol. The paisley pattern was popularized in Europe through the Kashmir shawls that were in fashion between the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries. The term “paisley” comes from... more

This is a textile from United States. It is dated 2007 and we acquired it in 2008. Gift of Maharam. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

medium: 76% polyester, 24% cotton technique: 2/1 twill (weft-float face) with continuous supplementary weft patterning label: 76% polyester, 24% cotton twill with supplementary weft patterning

Its dimensions are

H x W: 304.8 x 147.3 cm (120 x 58 in.)

This object was designed by Maharam and manufactured by Maharam

This object was donated by Maharam

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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