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  • Place of origin:

    Caucasus (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Bernadout

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Carpet fragment of woven wool.

WARP: cream wool; Z3S'; 13 threads per inch (52 per dm).

WEFT: black wool; Z2S; 2 shoots after each row of knots; 9 knots per inch (31 per dm).

PILE: wool; 7 colours: dark red, red, yellow, green, blue, black, white; symmetrical knot tied around 2 threads; 59 knots per sq. inch (806 per sq. dm).

SIDE FINISH: Left, cut. Right: web of 3 paired warp threads worked with additional yellow wool.


DESIGN: Field: black (corroded) ground with three red and two white stars along the length. Each contains an octagon with an internal, hooked motif. Ground filled with geometric motifs - small diamonds, S shapes, crosses, etc.

Main border: white ground with red/green 'crab' motif.

Inner border: yellow ground with rosettes.

Outer border: black ground with rosettes.

Place of Origin

Caucasus (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Woven wool


Length: 176 cm maximum, Length: 45 cm minimum, Width: 84 cm maximum, Width: 64.5 cm minimum

Descriptive line

Fragment of woven wool carpet, Caucasus, 19th century.

Production Note

(Retirement) Gift from Mr. Benardout of the Anglo-Persian Carpet Co., South Kensington
"Part of a carpet, Caucasian (Kuba, Lesghi?), 19th c."
"I write to thank you most cordially for your kindness in allowing the Museum to select from your stock such carpet fragments as will be useful for teaching purposes and for showing designs so far unrepresented in our collection".

cf: Bennett (1981) illus. 433; "Lesghistan. Probably late 19th c." and illus 435 "... unusually long and narrow... it resembles closely certain rugs from Baku...second half of the 19th c."




Textiles; Tapestry; Floor coverings; Interiors


Middle East Section

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