Pile carpet fragment
55 x 50 cm
These five fragments comprise the lower left section of a large carpet, as is indicated by the width of the main border (19-20 cm.). The decoration is simple and probably involved the use of a cartoon as it contains no errors or distortions: this is particularly apparent in the impeccable rounded dots on the straight twin-coloured bands, the perfectly formed lozenges, the delicate ornamentation and the change of direction of the pattern at the corners of the carpet. The combination of linen, wool and cotton, the chromatic harmony, the impeccable relationship between pattern and colour and the notable craftsmanship all contribute towards the superb quality of this carpet.
It belongs to a group of fragments attributed to Egypt and their dating between the 8th and the 11th century
Acquired in Egypt
Factors that determine the provenance: 1. The use of linen, which is the basic Egyptian fibre, for both warps and wefts; 2. The left-twisting (S) spin of the materials is also an Egyptian feature. Linen warps S-spun, Z-plied are found in Coptic fabrics of the 9th-10th century. Right-twisted spinning (Z) is rarely found in Group A; 3. The technique of weaving with cut-pile loops which continues the long-standing Egyptian tradition of weaving with a pile made of loops; 4. The pattern, colouring and techniques of this group fragments bear a close resemblance to contemporaneous Coptic textiles. 5. The fragments display similarities to certain inscribed and non-inscribed fragments from Fustat.
Published in Theologou, J., Ozoline, A., Sartzetakis, Y., "Fustat Carpet Fragments", Hali, 156 (summer 2008): 65-71.
Mina Moraitou "Pile carpet fragment" in [Discover Carpet Art] , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;DCA;gr;Mus31;5;en&id=carpets
Prepared by: Mina Moraitou
MWNF Working Number: GR1_005