About this object

History of use

Blue and white embroideries are part of an ancient domestic tradition. Designs vary geographically but are constant within generations of families except for minor individual variations. Often used to decorate the bed which traditionally played a focal part in household ritual particularly at the new year when all household spirits were honored. They are family made, by women, and family owned. These embroideries were of no local commercial value.

Cultural context


Iconographic meaning

Pomegranate; offspring, posterity, favorable influences. Peach; marriage, spring, immortality. Rocks; permanence, solidarity. Lion with ball; power, energy.

Physical description

Rectangular, brocade, cover of cream fabric and indigo detailing. The design consists of a central motif of two lions with balls separated by a fence. Triangular corner pattern has rocks, branches and geometric designs. There are four cotton ties attached to the long, selvage edges; narrow edges are hemmed with a rinceau border with alternating pomegranate, peach and stylized motif.