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Textile panel

Textile panel

  • Place of origin:

    Azerbaijan (made)
    Iran (possibly, made)
    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1670-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (made)
    Unknown (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton yarn, silk thread, weaving, embroidering, sewing

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.535-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Plain weave cotton embroidered with silk in cross stitch; strips of cotton have been stitched around the edges.
The black ground has a large flattened eight-pointed star in red, with a central beige quatrefoil shape (possibly representing a pool of water) within which are four floral motifs which may be flowers growing from a central island. Around the 'pool' are four yellow stylised trees and four U-shapes which are filled with geometric motifs. In each corner of the cover is a stylised red palmette flanked by white leaf forms; these alternate with a large U-shaped motif in beige and with other scattered motifs. It is possible that this design represents a version of a Persian Garden Carpet. A narrow yellow border has a thin black angular meander carrying blue, red, yellow and green leaf forms.
There are some repairs using surface darning which may indicate that surface darning is a more recent technique.
Colours (Embroidery threads, 2S silk): white, beige, black, red, blue, green, yellow.

Place of Origin

Azerbaijan (made)
Iran (possibly, made)
Iran (made)

Date

1670-1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (made)
Unknown (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton yarn, silk thread, weaving, embroidering, sewing

Dimensions

Height: 690 mm, Width: 640 mm

Object history note

Purchased for £3 3s. from Lady Wilson.

Descriptive line

Middle East, Textile; Panel, silk-embroidered cotton, design of central star-medallion on black ground, Azerbaijan or NW Iran, possibly 1700-1800

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Baker, Patricia, L. Islamic Textiles, London: British Museum Press (1995): Fig p. 143
Jennifer Wearden, 'Azerbaijan Embroideries: A Synthesis of Contrasts', Hali 59 (October 1991) pp.102-111: Fig.3.

Materials

Cotton yarn; Silk thread

Techniques

Weaving; Embroidery; Sewing

Collection

Middle East Section

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