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Early Azerbaijan carpet fragment, 17th-18th century, Victoria and Albert Museum

Museum number: T.78-1964

Gallery location: In store

Physical description

carpet fragment

WARP: white and brown wool, sometimes plied together; Z2S; depressed 18 threads per inch (68 per dm).

WEFT: pink wool; Z spun, unplied; 2 parallel threads per shoot; 2 shoots after each row of knots; 9 knots per inch (34 per dm).

PILE: wool; 9 colours: dark red, red, yellow, green, light green, dark blue, blue, black, white; symmetrical knot tied around 2 threads; 81 knots

per sq. inch (1156 per sq. dm).



DESIGN: Field: red ground with a large, dark blue medallion enclosing a yellow one with a central, white hooked cross; and a smaller yellow medallion enclosing a white one with a central blue cross, sickle leaves extend from the main medallion, and inward-curving horns from the yellow.

Catalogue date: 20.7. 94

Museum number: T.78-1964

URL: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O154775/carpet-fragment/