Revival of Paisley
Abstract and historical designs using traditional fabric print making processes at a factory near isfahan, Iran.
The fabric creation process is derived from two Persian words: Ghalam (stylus/pen) Kari (craftsmanship)
Ghalamkar fabrics began in the fourth Iranian dynasty and the the second Persian Empire (224 - 651 CE), also called the Sassanid period.
The fabrics were all hand painted with a brush and pen. During the Safavid dynasty, when they reached their height of popularity, the Ghalamkar artists began using wooden frames and stamps to meet the high demand. The stamps were made mostly from old peach trees. Using this technique, the speed of the work was drastically increased, and the stamping process also enabled the artists to create more homogeneous patterns.
Long ago, Ghalamkar fabrics served multiple purposes.The Safavid Kings, nobles, and upper classes, wore Ghalamkar silk and cotton clothes ornamented with gold and silver. They were also found in the decoration of interiors, very often as curtains, bedspreads, and wall coverings.
The exalted art and ancient tradition of Ghalamkari is a symbol of longevity, love, and resilience that has moved beautifully through many peaks and valleys of refinement. Each generation's creativity has been passed on to the next, heart to heart, and now it is up to us to continue this evolution. As the world has become mechanized and modern, this tradition has entered a stagnant stage. It has only been through the passion of local artists that its legacy has survived.