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  • Place of origin:

    Caucasus (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton and wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. W. F. Morton, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Flat weave Caucasian carpet, predominantly plain soumak. Made from 6 narrow widths, each approximately 28 cms wide.

WARP: white cotton; Z2S; 44-56 threads per inch (200-208 per dm).

WEFT: Foundation: white cotton; Z2S; 1 shoot between each row of soumak; 17-18 threads per inch (60 per dm). Pattern: wool and cotton; Z2S; 9 colours: red, yellow, yellow cotton, green, dark blue, blue, purple, dark brown, brown; Weft technique: a variety of weft-wrapping techniques have been used: over 16, back under 8; reverse soumak with float carried at back from motif to motif; upward wrapping; forward under 6, forward over 6, back under 6, forward over 6, forward under 6, etc.

SIDE FINISH: returned wefts.

END FINISH: all cut apart from one length (lower right) which has ends that have been looped warp ends.

DESIGN: decorated in bands: small stepped lozenges, parallel combs joined by a vertical bar, small stepped lozenges, cross with a double outline containing stepped lozenges, geometric S-motifs with a central stepped lozenge, parallel combs joined by a vertical bar, geometric S-motifs with a central stepped lozenge, and a vertical striped bar on small triangular base with larger triangle and comb at the head. The bar has 6 pairs of upwardly diagonal branches. This sequence is repeated once completely except in the second sequence, the S-motif band appears on four strips only, and once more up to the band of crosses. There is a narrow border on all sides of the diagonal stripes on the white ground.

Place of Origin

Caucasus (made)


late 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton and wool


Weight: 14 kg, Width: 1640 mm Top edge, Width: 1585 mm Bottom edge, Length: 1765 mm Proper right edge, Length: 1775 mm Proper left edge

Object history note

Rec. from J.W.F. Morton Esq., Carlisle. One of 105 items offered by Jocelyn Morton on the death of his father, Sir James Morton of Morton Sundour Fabrics Ltd.

Descriptive line

Flat weave Caucasian carpet in cotton and wool, predominantly soumak, Caucasus, late 19th century




Textiles; Floor coverings; Interiors


Middle East Section

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