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Textile Panel

1750-1800 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Plain weave cotton embroidered with silk in surface darning on the diagonal and running stitch.; there is a backing of plain weave linen through which the embroidery has been worked.
White ground embroidered with the stitching running in four directions from each of the small blue octagonal stars. There is a lattice formed of small dark blue 8-pointed stars alternating with a blue cartouche, each motif having 'arms' or leaf details. Within the grid large faded red octagons each containing a 'whirl' of 4 arms, rotating clockwise. All with infill details in various colours.
The border runs along all four sides but has been reduced in width [the motifs are incomplete]. Light blue ground patterned with fat Z-shaped green leaves alternating with small 8-pointed stars in faded red.
Embroidery threads: 2S silk; dark, blue, blue, light blue, white, green, olive green, yellow, beige, red, coral red, faded red, black.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
cotton yarn, silk thread, weaving, embroidering
Brief Description
Middle East, Textile; Panel, silk-embroidered cotton, packed design of eight-pointed stars and cartouches on white ground, Azerbaijan and NW Iran, 1750-1800
Physical Description
Plain weave cotton embroidered with silk in surface darning on the diagonal and running stitch.; there is a backing of plain weave linen through which the embroidery has been worked.

White ground embroidered with the stitching running in four directions from each of the small blue octagonal stars. There is a lattice formed of small dark blue 8-pointed stars alternating with a blue cartouche, each motif having 'arms' or leaf details. Within the grid large faded red octagons each containing a 'whirl' of 4 arms, rotating clockwise. All with infill details in various colours.

The border runs along all four sides but has been reduced in width [the motifs are incomplete]. Light blue ground patterned with fat Z-shaped green leaves alternating with small 8-pointed stars in faded red.

Embroidery threads: 2S silk; dark, blue, blue, light blue, white, green, olive green, yellow, beige, red, coral red, faded red, black.
Dimensions
  • Length: 90.5cm
  • Width: 89cm
Style
Object history
Purchased from Durlachers Bros, 142 New Bond Street, London, from the sale of the estate of Alfred Morrison on 1 December 1898. Described in the sale catalogue as: "A Coverlit, with a geometrical design in blue, red and white - from Turkistan, 17th Century".
Bibliographic References
  • This embroidery belongs to Group 3 as defined by Jennifer Wearden in 'Azerbaijanian Embroideries: A Synthesis of Contrasts' in Hali Issue 59, October 1991 pp. 102-111. Group 3 textiles are characterised by surface darning on the diagonal.
  • The Collection of Oriental Embroideries, etc. of the late Alfred Morrison, Esq (1 December 1898), lot 78.
Collection
Accession Number
1023-1898

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record createdApril 9, 2008
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