Early silk embroidery, 18th century, Victoria
& Albert Museum
Place of origin: Azerbaijan (made)
Date: 1730-1780 (made)
Materials and Techniques: cotton yarn, silk thread, weaving, embroidering,
pulled thread work, sewing.
Museum number: 296-1884
Gallery location: In store
Plain weave cotton embroidered with silk in surface darning on the diagonal
and running and cross stitch and pulled thread work, backed with glazed
cotton twill and with a border of brocaded silk and metal thread. Two
triangular pieces joined together to form a square.
 pulled thread ground overcast with pale silk to form a square mesh. The
motifs are outlined in black squares. A red stepped lozenge connected
horizontally and vertically to a blue or brown triangle. In between are
small yellow crosses. There is a narrow border with a red ground with white
crosses outlined in black linked by a light brown and yellow line.
Embroidery threads: black, red, yellow, light blue, light brown,
 Same pulled thread ground. Two main motifs: yellow diamond with 4 light
blue S- or Z-shapes along its sides and squared-off diamonds divided into
small segments. In between these 2 motifs is a diagonal dark blue rectangle
with a yellow S- or Z-motif. There is a narrow border with a yellow ground
with fine black angular meander with red and light blue S- and Z-motifs.
Embroidery threads: 2S silk; dark blue, light blue, light pink, yellow,
greenish-brown, light green, light brown, black.
Border: pieced; blue silk brocaded with an almost boteh like floral sprig in
pink and green with metal thread [tarnished silver strip open S-wound on
pink silk core].
Backing: green glazed cotton twill.
Museum number 296-1884