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Woven silk

Woven silk

  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (designed and made by)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Technical analysis

Foundation weave: 5 end satin, decochement 3, by 1 and 2 wefts.

Warp: 2 warps: 1 foundation warp, 1 pile warp.
Proportion: 6 foundation warps to 1 pile warp.
Foundation warp:
Material: silk, Z twist, beige.
Thread count: 70 foundation warps
Velvet Warp:
Materials: silk, Z twist. Multiple colours: dark blue is present throughout whilst yellow, orange, light blue, beige, red are introduced into channels when required.
Thread count: 14 pile warps per cm

Weft: 3 wefts: 1 foundation weft, 1 supplementary weft, 1 supplementary metal weft
Proportion: 3 wefts per rod, 1 rod, 1 supplementary weft, 2 metal threads
Foundation warp:
Material: silk, STA, 2 filaments, white.
Thread count: 45 foundation wefts
Supplementary wefts:
Material: Silk, white, Z twist - supplementary weft at the back to support the velvet pile.
Thread count: 15 supplementary wefts per cm
Supplementary metal wefts: continuous metal strips that run selvedge to selvedge, in pairs between the pile tufts.
Material: metal strips
Thread count: 28/30 metal wefts per cm

Selvedge: None

Description: Cut, voided velvet, metal thread.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


17th century (made)


Unknown (designed and made by)




Middle East Section

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