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Cushion cover

Cushion cover

  • Place of origin:

    Akhmim (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    350-450 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven wool, in weft-faced tabby weave

  • Museum number:

    899-1886

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a fragment from a type of textile known to have been used for cushion and mattress covers. This fragment is likely to have been cut from a mattress cover in modern times. The decoration is composed of repeating bands with a complex chequer design taking the place of the simple motifs in contrasting colours that are more typical of this weave. Certain technical characteristics, in particular the fact that the compound structure continues on through the plain cherry-red bands, set this textile aside from the majority of finds in this weave. Although discovered in Egypt, it may have been made elsewhere.

Physical description

Fragment from a mattress cover, wool, weft-faced tabby weave. woven in coloured wools. Modified trellis pattern in two shades of green, separated by narrow red stripes.

Place of Origin

Akhmim (possibly, made)

Date

350-450 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Woven wool, in weft-faced tabby weave

Dimensions

Height: 180 mm, Width: 115 mm

Labels and date

WOOLLENS, 4th-7th century AD.
West-faced compound tabby. Warp proportion: 1 main, 1 binding end.
Weft of 2-3 colours, 1 pick of each in turn. Wool spun S, except for red and light green picks in chequered piece, which are Z. This piece was found in Akhmîm, the smallest piece at Qau-el-Kebir, near Asyut, and the rest at unrecorded sites iN Egypt. This piece was purchased ion 1886. []
WOOLLENS, 4th - 7th century Ad.
Weft-faced compound tabby. Warp proportion : 1 main, 1 binding end. Weft of 2-3 colours, 1 pick of each in turn. Wool spun S, except for red and light green picks in checkered piece, which are Z. This piece was found in Akhmîm, the smallest piece at Qau-el-Kebir, near Asyut, and the rest at unrecorded sites in Egypt.
This work was purchased in 1886<#caret> []

Materials

Wool

Techniques

Woven

Categories

Textiles; Archaeology; Africa

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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