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Carpet

Carpet

  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1850 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    White warp, in Z2S; density 14 to the inch (54 per dm).
    Weft is brown wool, apparently Z2S; 1 shoot after each row of knots, 10 rows of knots to the inch (42 per dm).
    In the last 27 cm. there are noticeable vertical and diagonal distortions; the width reduction confined to final 10 cm. The distortion could be the result of the weft being pulled too tightly. Needs further investigation.

  • Museum number:

    142-1884

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Carpet, wool knotted pile on wool (or hair) foundation, with central design of geometric design on dark ground, borders with geometric designs in blue and red, flat woven border with fringing at one end.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)

Date

1800-1850 (made)

Materials and Techniques

White warp, in Z2S; density 14 to the inch (54 per dm).
Weft is brown wool, apparently Z2S; 1 shoot after each row of knots, 10 rows of knots to the inch (42 per dm).
In the last 27 cm. there are noticeable vertical and diagonal distortions; the width reduction confined to final 10 cm. The distortion could be the result of the weft being pulled too tightly. Needs further investigation.

Dimensions

Weight: 15 kg, Width: 995 mm Top edge, Width: 930 mm Bottom edge, Length: 1800 mm Proper right edge, Length: 1790 mm Proper left edge

Object history note

Purchased for the Museum by Robert Murdoch Smith, from Sidney Churchill in Tehran, this was acquired as a batch of fourteen carpets and carpet fragments and ten specimens of qalamkari printed cotton. Murdoch Smith wrote: "Among the articles are a number of carpets and pieces of carpets of the 17th century and earlier date (some as early as the end of the 15th century or beginning of the 16th century) which will, I think, form a valuable addition to the Museum collection. Some of the best specimens - small pieces, not whole carpets - were got from the rufuqir or darners of worn and torn carpets in the Teheran bazaar."

Descriptive line

Carpet, wool knotted pile on wool or hair foundation, Kurdistan, Iran, 1800-1850

Materials

Wool; Camel hair

Techniques

Knotted pile

Collection

Middle East Section

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