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Fig 2: Woven Kashmir pashmina shawl, c. 1820

Kashmir & Shawls of Paisley Design

Shawls of Paisley design were in fashion for nearly 100 years, from around 1780 until the 1870’s. During this time millions were woven, embroidered and printed in Kashmir, Persia, India, Russia, USA and…

Mughal Gardens in Kashmir

By the time Kashmir passed into the hands of the Mughals in the 16th C., these gardens embedded with the Persian spirit were already established in Kashmir. What perhaps the Mughals did later…

A World of Beauty and Grace: Islamic Architecture of India

A World of Beauty and Grace: Islamic Architecture of India

The architecture of Islamic mosques and tombs is an invaluable treasure of world heritage. Many countries have taken inspiration from this tradition. It is well know that the most famous Islamic monument of…

Album leaf with a Shii invocation, 17th century

This leaf of fine nastaliq calligraphy was conceived as an artistic endeavor, in which the writing is integrated with the ornamental background. The decorative technique of marbleizing paper spread from Iran to Turkey…

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