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  • Place of origin:

    Central Asia (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

N.B. Woven from the tip

WARP: light brown wool: Z2S; 2 shoots after each row of knots; 25 knots per inch (92 per dm).

PILE: wool; 7 colours: red, yellow, green, dark blue, dark purple, black, white; symmetrical knot tied around 2 threads; 225 knots per sq. inch (3082 per sq. dm).

SIDE FINISH: Lower: maximum of 2.5 cms. plain weave with white weft, turned and stitched into place. Upper: as the lower one with a wedge of red weft in the top left corner.

DESIGN: Field: arch-shaped panel in centre containing stepped lozenge framed by four narrow diagonal bands and then by bands of white zigzag. Above this arch is a border of coloured lozenges.

Main border: white ground with linked, angular S-motifs.

Inner and outer borders: reciprocal hooks in blue and red outlined in yellow.

Date catalogued: 29.6.94

Place of Origin

Central Asia (made)


19th century (made)


Length: 27.5 cm maximum, Length: 19.5 cm minimum, Width: 49 cm

Production Note

Purchased from Anglo-Persian Carpet Co., S. Kensington

Purchased as one of nine pieces for a total of £2/10/- "9 fragments of carpets and tent-bags, early 19th century". "Mr Tatterstall (sic) kindly drew our attention to these fragments of Persian carpets and tent-bags. Their fine knotting, their design, and their size ... make them especially useful in travelling collections. The price is very reasonable".
HAK to the Director

Mentioned in "Turkoman Rugs in the V & A", by M. Franses and R. Pinner (intro. by Donald King). Analysis by L. Pinner. Hali 1980, Vol. 2, No. 4, p. 303, 310, 315




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