Bedcover | Indian, Gujarat for British market | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
During the 16th and 17th centuries, Gujarat, India, supplied embroideries of the highest quality to the Mughal court. As European traders began to arrive in India, production from adjusted to satisfy the tastes of markets abroad, particularly in Portugal and England. To create wares that would be popular overseas, embroiderers worked from existing European textiles. The combination of a spiraling vine pattern and playful animals has its source in English embroideries.