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Carpet fragment

Carpet fragment

  • Place of origin:

    Iran
    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1875

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown
    Unknown (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Warp: white cotton; Z5S; depressed; 28 threads per inch (112 per dm counted as 56 per 5 cm).
    Weft: white cotton, Z-spun, unplied, 2 parallel threads per shoot; light brown wool and cream wool, both Z2S; 3 shoots after each row of knots a) wool b) cotton c) wool; 11 knots per inch (44 per dm).
    Pile: wool; 8 colours: dark red, red, orange, light yellow, green, light green, dark blue, blue; asymmetrical knot open to the left and tied around 2 threads; 154 knots per sq. inch (2464 per sq. dm).
    Side finish: left: one cord oversewn with dark red wool; right: cut.
    End finish: cut.

  • Museum number:

    1066A-1883

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Carpet fragment, design shows narrow outer border: light yellow ground with floral meander of five-petalled orange rosettes, dark red carnations and dark blue heart-shaped flower on green meander with small leaves. Towards the upper end, dark red in outlines and inner guard stripe knots become red.

Place of Origin

Iran
Iran (made)

Date

1800-1875

Artist/maker

Unknown
Unknown (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Warp: white cotton; Z5S; depressed; 28 threads per inch (112 per dm counted as 56 per 5 cm).
Weft: white cotton, Z-spun, unplied, 2 parallel threads per shoot; light brown wool and cream wool, both Z2S; 3 shoots after each row of knots a) wool b) cotton c) wool; 11 knots per inch (44 per dm).
Pile: wool; 8 colours: dark red, red, orange, light yellow, green, light green, dark blue, blue; asymmetrical knot open to the left and tied around 2 threads; 154 knots per sq. inch (2464 per sq. dm).
Side finish: left: one cord oversewn with dark red wool; right: cut.
End finish: cut.

Dimensions

Length: 36.5 cm, Width: 5.5 cm

Object history note

Donated to the V&A by Robert Murdoch Smith in 1883, together with a batch of three other carpet fragments and sixty-five printed cotton specimens from Isfahan, which he sent by post. At this time, it was difficult to purchase historic carpets, which were in great international demand, but fragments could still be bought from carpet-restorers. Murdoch Smith writes: "One of the bits of carpet is I think excellent. Unfortunately I could get no more of it."

Descriptive line

Middle East, Carpet, Fragment. Carpet fragment, wool knotted pile on cotton foundation, border design of floral scrollwork, Iran, 1800-1875

Materials

Cotton; Wool

Techniques

Knotted pile

Collection

Middle East Section

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