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Carpet fragment

Carpet fragment

  • Place of origin:

    Iran
    Kerman
    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1700

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown
    Unknown (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Warp: white cotton; Z4S; depressed; 32 threads per inch (128 per dm).
    Weft: cream silk, spin and ply indiscernable; grey wool, Z2S, 2 parallel threads per shoot; 3 shoots after each row of knots a) silk b) wool c) silk; 17 knots per inch (70 per dm, counted as 35 per 5 cm).
    Pile: wool; 15 colours: dark red, red, orange, light orange, yellow, light yellow, light-green, very dark blue, dark blue, blue, light blue, pink, red-brown, dark brown, light brown (which may originally have been purple); asymmetrical knot open to the left and tied around 2 threads; 272 knots per sq. inch (4480 per dm).
    Side finish: cut.
    End finish: cut.

  • Museum number:

    1066B-1883

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Carpet fragment, design shows border corner and main field. Field: dark red ground with a green stem and part of a blue blossom outlined in yellow, border: very dark blue ground with part of a light blue, probably five-petalled blossom with a probably six-petalled centre rosette in light brown (faded purple?) and with part of a dark red palette linked by a double meander - one stem of dark red and yellow and the secondary in pink.

Place of Origin

Iran
Kerman
Iran (made)

Date

1600-1700

Artist/maker

Unknown
Unknown (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Warp: white cotton; Z4S; depressed; 32 threads per inch (128 per dm).
Weft: cream silk, spin and ply indiscernable; grey wool, Z2S, 2 parallel threads per shoot; 3 shoots after each row of knots a) silk b) wool c) silk; 17 knots per inch (70 per dm, counted as 35 per 5 cm).
Pile: wool; 15 colours: dark red, red, orange, light orange, yellow, light yellow, light-green, very dark blue, dark blue, blue, light blue, pink, red-brown, dark brown, light brown (which may originally have been purple); asymmetrical knot open to the left and tied around 2 threads; 272 knots per sq. inch (4480 per dm).
Side finish: cut.
End finish: cut.

Dimensions

Length: 19 cm, Width: 13.5 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 warp and silk and wool wefts, design shows floral corner border, Kirman, Iran, 1600-1700

Materials

Cotton; Wool; Silk

Techniques

Knotted pile

Collection

Middle East Section

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