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A Huge and Fabulous Ralli

Written on April 1, 2011

This is an instance where scale is important.   Below is a shot of a huge, exceptionally good Pakistani ralli quilt which I’m trying to show in the context of a room to give a sense of its large size.  You really have to be standing in front of the piece to be  wowed by it, but stay with me.
Shown in these photos is its back: its fantastic, glorious back, a smattering of pale colors, abraded surfaces, soft floral patterns and the rich patina of lots of wear.Again, as I look at the real thing, then compare it to these photos, the impact of scale–which is important to truly appreciate this piece–is lost.  But even in miniature, I think this ralli has a lot to say.

The cloth is very soft from wear.  The colors are very soft, too.  And the arrangement of the colors, patterns and size of the patches is, well–these are the reasons I’m posting images.  I think you see what I see.

This piece measures 82″ x 62″ or 208 cm x 157.5 cm.Finding this rare and beautiful ralli quilt was a thrill.  Now I want to find it the right home.And if you’d like to sign up for my weekly emailing announcing new items posted on our webshop (coming soon–I promise!), please drop me a line at [email protected]

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  1. Comment by Sue Krekorian:

    This piece of perfection leaves me breathless. It really is exquisite.

    April 1, 2011 @ 7:43 am

  2. Comment by jean:

    all those tiny stitches, it’s beyond imagination.

    April 1, 2011 @ 10:43 am

  3. Comment by nance marie:

    every image is so lovely…
    it would be quite a treat to see it in person.
    wow.

    April 1, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

  4. Comment by Else:

    Yes, I think I see what you see… just beautiful.

    April 3, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

  5. Comment by India Flint:

    i’d be happy to give it a home!

    April 4, 2011 @ 4:18 am

  6. Comment by Judy Martin:

    Oh My Gosh this is absolutely fabulous.

    I love the scale of it. I would love to be standing in front of it and feel those tiny stitches and that repeated hand touch with my eyes. I’d probably reach out and pet it with my hands too –

    Irresistable.
    I’d also like to see the front of the piece and hope that you post that soon.

    April 4, 2011 @ 7:48 am

  7. Comment by sophie truong:

    i’ll take it home any day…. gorgeous!!!!!
    when are you reopening that store?!
    gla dyou came back from Japan safe and well by the way..

    April 9, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

  8. Comment by Sidra:

    Waow Waow Waow!! where did you get this piece from? So artistic!!… I myself is a huge fan of Rallis (since i belong to Pakistan) and i’ve been collecting tons of them (all beautiful bold colors), but this one is really special !!

    July 17, 2011 @ 12:01 pm