Embroidery from Kerman, Iran
110 x 190cm
Traditional embroidery known as Pateh, silk on wool
Pateh is an Iranian traditional needlework folk art. It originated in the Kerman province, where it is produced by women. A wide piece of wool fabric (ariz) is needle worked with coloured thread.
Pateh needlework is done in silk and with flourish paisley pattern; popular designs include the cypress tree and the sun, both traditional pre-Islamic Persian symbols
Kerman shawls had great value and were often retained as capital. In times of poverty, they were used as currency