Dhurrie, flat woven carpet

Dhurrie, flat woven cotton carpet

from Rajasthan, India

circa 1900

Size: 508 x 326 cm


A dhurrie is an  Indian flatwoven cotton carpet. It is quite often huge, sometimes coarse and robust. Whilst  older ones were made in cotton, nowadays coarse hemp and other inferior plant fibres are used for warp and weft material. Pieces of this monumental size, fineness and quality of materials and weaving were made in jails in the 19th and early 20th centuries and were known and used as festival or palace dhurries. The design were always quite minimal and repetitive in the huge sizes.