Silk Road
Ink and watercolour on paper
56 x 76cm


The Paisley Pattern traveled the Silk Road before being imported to Europe via the East India Company. Having emerged in Persia the pattern was transmitted to Kashmir along trading routes. Each of these drawings is a kind of pictorial hedge in which images and ideas are stuck, which have things to do with the trading history of the boteh and its success as a meme.

Photographs: Jonathan Bassett