Moon shawl (chandar)

Indian or Iranian
about 1830

Object Place: India


163 x 163 cm (64 3/16 x 64 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cashmere twill tapestry, silk

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Moon shawl (chandar) of cashmere twill tapestry with design in the main field of dark red ground with central “moon” medallion composed of floral motifs with quarter medallions of similar design in each corner; rest of field has overall repeating design of flower-filled vases in dark and bright blue, green, white, and yellow; on the sides are narrow white silk guard bands with floral motifs with a similar design on the ends, but woven with red, dark blue, green and white; along each crosswise end are bands composed of tabs of cashmere in red, green and white.


Lent by Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA, October 20, 1913; Denman Waldo Ross Collection; Gift from Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA, April 1, 1915

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection