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  • Place of origin:

    Caucasus (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Soumak: mostly signle, some countered, some vertical and diagonal wrapping.

WARP: 1 thick light brown and 2 thin dark brown wool threads plied together; Z3S; 14 threads to the inch (60 per dm).

WEFT: Foundation: white wool; Z2S; 1 shoot after patterned weft; 20 threads to the inch (check total?) (80 per dm). Pattern: wool; Z2S; 9 colours: dark red, red, orange, yellow, green, dark blue, blue, black, cream; sequence: over 2 threads and back under 1.

SIDE FINISH: returned wefts on both sides.

END FINISH: Lower: cut. Upper 1.5 cms. plainweave with red wool weft turned and stitched into place.

DESIGN: there are 13 bands of geometric design. The deep central band (number 7) has one band and two half bands of infilled, cross-like motifs. Counting from the bottom,, bands 1,5, 9 and 13 are the same; bands 3 and 11 have the same design with colour alterations.

Catalogue date: 27.3.91

Place of Origin

Caucasus (made)


19th century (made)


Length: 45 cm maximum, Length: 43 cm minimum, Width: 43.5 cm

Production Note

The Anglo-Persian Carpet Co. South Kensington,
Purchased for 5/6d/
"Mat, Soumak"
This and two others are "pieces of Soumak weaving from saddle-bags, apparently the work of nomad Turcomans. They are good in colour and design and there is nothing similar in the collection. The prices asked are very moderate..." CECT to AFK.




Equestrian equipment; Transport


Middle East Section

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