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Name of Object:

Loom weight


Amman, Jordan

Holding Museum:

Department of Antiquities



Type of object:

Loom weight

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Clay / mud


Dia: 5-8cm

Period / Dynasty:

Chalcolithic Period and Bronze age


Amman Citadel


Early loom weights found in the ancient city of Assoss, today known as Behramkale, a small historically rich town in the Ayvacık district of the Çanakkale Province, Turkey. These provide evidence the textile industry existed in the region since the Chalcolithic Period and the Bronze Age. Loom weights prevented tangling by weighting to give tension on individual yarns to enable weaving.

Current Owner:

Department of Antiquities

How date and origin were established:

Excavation team in Amman Citadel

How Object was obtained:

Excavation/Amman Citadel

Selected bibliography:

Ibrahim, Moawiyah, et al., Museum of Jordanian Heritage, Amman-Jordan: Yarmouk University, 1988.

Citation of this web page:

Samia Khouri "Loom weight" in [Discover Carpet Art] , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;DCA;jo;Mus31_C;22;en&id=weights_and_measures

Prepared by: Samia Khouri
Copyedited by: Lisa Kelman

MWNF Working Number: JO1_022