We often reference early miniature paintings from 13th century Persian art in our patterns, a technique which was a tremendous influence on Indian Mughal miniature paintings from the 16th and 19th centuries. Fun fact: Amy collects a new modern miniature painting each time she travels to India, and she loves meeting with the artists who craft these unique artworks with tiny delicate brushes. The imagery of the unicorns in our print are modernized interpretations of a Persian papier-mache jewelry box that Amy’s mother always kept on her perfume tray (why don’t we all have perfume trays? - we may need to bring that as a trend!). Persian and Mughal art is thought to be a main source of inspiration for European illuminated manuscripts and tapestry work, especially when it comes to their rendering of animals and plant life, our favorite combination.
Below Left: Amy's mother's Persian hand-painted papier-mâché box; Below Right: the Unicorn in Captivity, The Met Cloisters, Gallery 17