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  • Place of origin:

    Caucasus (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Miss D B Simpson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Caucasian carpet.

WARP: two shades of brown wool plied together; Z3S and sometimes Z2S; 17 threads per inch (67 per dm),

WEFT: white cotton and white wool plied together; Z3S, 1 wool and 2 cotton; 2 shoots after each row of knots; 9-10 knots per inch (38 per dm).

PILE: wool; 13 colours: red (with marked abrash), yellow, dark green, green, dark blue, blue, light blue, dark purple, light purple (faded), dark brown, light brown, black, white; symmetrical knot tied around 2 threds; average 81 knots per sq. inch (1273 per sq. dm).

SIDE FINISH: one cord oversewn with white wool and cotton mixed.

END FINISH: Lower: incomplete with max. of 5 rows of soumak with the weft and evidence of plainweave with brown wool. Upper: incomplete but with evidence of 3 rows of soumak with white wool only.

DESIGN: Field: dark blue ground with four linked, stepped lozenges which contain stylised blossoms on stems emerging from a central hexagon. Ground covered with guls, hooked diamonds and small squares, etc..

Main border: red ground decorated with varied and elaborate S-motifs. The ground has florets scattered across it.

Innermost border: yellow ground with stepped crosses in various colours.

Inner border: light blue ground, changes to blue towards the top and along the bottom with a fine dark meander in the lowest bit and a twisting ribbon in the remainder.

Outer border: (along the bottom) white ground with small coloured guls. (Along the sides and the top) a coloured square alternating with a plain square which has usually been divided into 3 or 4 segments.

NB. The main border. The field design is different byt the weft (1 wool + 2 cotton plied together) and the knot count (1260 per sq. dm) are the same.

Place of Origin

Caucasus (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques



Weight: 17 kg, Width: 1295 mm Top edge, Width: 1255 mm Bottom edge, Length: 2735 mm Proper right edge, Length: 2780 mm Proper left edge

Descriptive line

Carpet runner, Shirvan, Caucasus, 19th century.

Production Note

cf. T.49-1975.
Schurmann (1974) illus. 109, "Karagashli, beginning 19th century.. The excess of ornamentation is already evident, which heralded the decline of the "golden Age" of Caucasian rugs."

Also illus. 66 "Shirvan" noting the medallions and their borders, as well as main border. No analysis provided. Franses & Pinner (Hali Vol.3, No.2, 1980) Shirvan attribution.

mentioned "Caucasian Rugs in the V & A". by M. Franses & ~R. Pinner (intro by Donald King). Hali 1980, Vol.3, No.2, p.96, 106,114

Bequest of Miss D B Simpson (dec'd)
Millstones, Slindon.
RPs: for details see T.114-1977


Wool; Cotton


Tapestry; Floor coverings


Middle East Section

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