This printed cotton hanging is known as a palampore, from the Hindi word palang-pos (bedspread or coverlet). Produced by Indian artisans, these densely patterned textiles were trade goods especially desired by fashionable Europeans. Instead of using palampores on their beds, Europeans proudly displayed them on walls and as bed canopies.
In this example, the central design is surrounded by floral garlands, ribbons, and small wine glasses. The border speaks to production for the European market, combining traditional Indian motifs such as the tree of life design with European imagery that includes floral swags with ribbons.