Carpet

1800-1875 (made)
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Place Of Origin

Carpet design:
Field: Red ground with large white lozenge medallion with elaborate pendants. Within the medallion is a dark green ground, the central horizontal bar bearing 3 yellow blossoms with red above and below the central yellow. The two long pendant stems end in a stem and flower-filled shield shape. Immediately above on the stem is a white rosette above which is a wide white decorated bar that curves into a pair of facing ducks' heads and above that a narrow white bar bearing a rosette and white flowers. In each corner is a partial repeat of the central medallion and pendants.

Borders:
inner - dark blue ground with red and white regular meander on which a single red blossom alternates with a pair of blue ones.
middle - white ground with a dark blue meander expanding to form a red diamond-shaped leaf and bearing alternately a blue or pink blossom, each with a pair of triangular leaves.
outer - wide, undecorated light brown.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Knotted pile. Cotton warps, one wool weft, wool pile, symmetrical knot. Pile: knotted, wool; 8 colours: red, yellow, dark green, dark blue, blue, pink, light brown, white; symmetrical knot tied around 2 warp threads. Warp: white; cotton; Z5S; not depressed; 13 knots per inch (50 per dm). Weft: white; wool; Z2S; 1 shoot after each row of knots; 9 knots per in (35 per dm). Side finish: 1 cord oversewn with light brown wool. End finish: Lower - warp loops lightly twined around a weft cord; 2.5cm plainweave with white cotton; one pass of of weft twining in blue and red wool. Upper - 2cm of plainweave with paired weft threads of white cotton; 2cm of warp twining with v-shaped gap in centre.
Brief Description
Middle East, Textile, Carpet; Carpet, wool pile on wool-cotton foundation, medallion design on red ground, Sarab or Hamadan, Iran, 1870-75
Physical Description
Carpet design:

Field: Red ground with large white lozenge medallion with elaborate pendants. Within the medallion is a dark green ground, the central horizontal bar bearing 3 yellow blossoms with red above and below the central yellow. The two long pendant stems end in a stem and flower-filled shield shape. Immediately above on the stem is a white rosette above which is a wide white decorated bar that curves into a pair of facing ducks' heads and above that a narrow white bar bearing a rosette and white flowers. In each corner is a partial repeat of the central medallion and pendants.



Borders:

inner - dark blue ground with red and white regular meander on which a single red blossom alternates with a pair of blue ones.

middle - white ground with a dark blue meander expanding to form a red diamond-shaped leaf and bearing alternately a blue or pink blossom, each with a pair of triangular leaves.

outer - wide, undecorated light brown.
Dimensions
  • Top edge width: 1725mm
  • Bottom edge width: 1845mm
  • Minimum height: 7mm (Pile height)
  • Proper right length: 3655mm
  • Proper left length: 3755mm
  • Top edge width: 1720mm
  • Bottom edge width: 1832mm
  • Proper right length: 3640mm
  • Proper left length: 3770mm
  • Weighed on roller weight: 31.5kg
Object history
Purchased on behalf of the South Kensington Museum (today the V&A) in 1897 from Edgar and Alice Whitaker, executors for the Istanbul estate of William Henry Wrench (1836-96), British Consul to Ottoman Turkey. During his diplomatic career, Wrench had assembled a private art collection of paintings, ceramics, metalwork, arms, textiles, carpets and other furnishings. These were well-known to curators at South Kensington: in 1892, the Museum purchased a set of four photographs, recording how Wrench had displayed the collection in his home in Pera, Istanbul.
Bibliographic Reference
J. Housego, "Carpets", in R.W. Ferrier (ed.), <i>The Arts of Persia</i> (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1989), pp.118-156: fig.37.
Collection
Accession Number
363-1897

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record createdNovember 7, 2003
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