Naeem Khan Fall 2011
Gambia, Africa, first half of the 19th century. From the Met’s The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End
Kamseh Kordjin - a 19th century book cover from Iran.
Hali, the modern Turkish word for carpet or rug was written kali in Ottoman Turkish script until late in the 18th Century, as it was in classical Persian and still in modern Persian. It was borrowed from Persian into Urdu and from Ottoman Turkish into Armenian and other Caucasian languages of the Balkans. Its ultimate origin is uncertain; it could be Turkish but might be Sogdian.