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This tapestry woven cuff decoration was woven on "one plied", presumably singles linen with tan, green, and blue wool weft and undyed linen.

Period: 
7th C
8th C
Culture: 
Egyptian
Persian
Sasanid
Museum Rereference Number: 
2083-1900
Date 350-450
Culture Akhim, Egypt (possibly made)
Technique: taquete

Museum Notes: "WOOLLENS, 4th-7th century AD. 
West-faced compound tabby. Warp proportion: 1 main, 1 binding end. 
Weft of 2-3 colours, 1 pick of each in turn. Wool spun S, except for red and light green picks in chequered piece, which are Z. This piece was found in Akhmîm, the smallest piece at Qau-el-Kebir, near Asyut, and the rest at unrecorded sites iN Egypt. This piece was purchased ion 1886. 
WOOLLENS, 4th - 7th century Ad. 
Weft-faced compound tabby. Warp proportion : 1 main, 1 binding end. Weft of 2-3 colours, 1 pick of each in turn. Wool spun S, except for red and light green picks in checkered piece, which are Z. This piece was found in Akhmîm, the smallest piece at Qau-el-Kebir, near Asyut, and the rest at unrecorded sites in Egypt. 
This work was purchased in 1886."

Notes:

Sett: to be estimated
PPI 35-36
Photo reference numbers 89+
Measurements 7" 4.5
Pattern large on left 2.25" tall by 1.5 on right 2.25" tall 2" full repeat of single pattern
2 blocks .25 wide block 2 is 1/8th" repeated 8 times then sets of 1/16th" wide 
Red bands are 1" 
Photo 99 5 warp threads per wide block equals 16 epi 15 weft ends per large block equals 45 ppi or 23 passes

 

 

Period: 
4th C
5th C
Culture: 
Egyptian
Museum Rereference Number: 
899-1886

From the museume notes: "Silk, 1/2 weft-faced compound twill. Warp/silk, proportion 1 main to 1 binding. Weft of silk in 2-4 colours, 1 pick of each in turn.”Measurements 19-21" long 2.75" wideOverall pattern 2.5The pear shape is 1", I will better inspect the photo later to approximate the picks per inch. From Royal Hunter:Iran/Iraq 6th/7th CWarp silkWeft silk  

Period: 
4th C
5th C
6th C
7th C
Culture: 
Egyptian
Sasanid
Museum Rereference Number: 
2198-1900

T.34-1917 400-600AD woven silk and linen samiteDate 400-600 ADCulture Akhmim, Egypt (Possibly, made) , Byzantine (Possibly, made) Egypt (Possibly, made)Technique SamiteSettPPINotes measurements 5" wide 7" tall Warp section 3/4" Photo reference numbers 100+

Period: 
5th C
6th C
7th C
Culture: 
Byzantine
Egyptian
Museum Rereference Number: 
T.34-1917

Date 500-700Culture EgyptianTechnique plain weave resist dyed cottonSettPPINotes sleeves 10 at shoulder/arm pit5" long wrist 3" neck 3" wide .5 deep in the back 1.5 deep front slit 3.5" nearly to sleeveGore 1.5 by 1"? Body 10" side gores 3.5" × 8"  overall length 15" front 16 3/4" back circle in photo 132 is .5"Photo reference numbers 111+

Period: 
6th C
7th C
8th C
Culture: 
Egyptian
Museum Rereference Number: 
1522-1899
Period: 
4th C
Culture: 
Egyptian
Museum Rereference Number: 
2098-1900

2128-1900 700-1000 possibly Syrian woven silk (damask)


Reference Number: 2128-1900
Date: 700-1000
Culture: Syrian
Technique: Damask

Measurements: 10" tall and. 5" widePalmette 5.25" tall 4.5" wide 
10 warp threads showing in .25" palmette leaf 1" tall

Standing lotus design in upper corners is .6" tall

Sett estimate 40 epi
PPI: require further study to estimate
Notes: purple on light purple background

Museum description “A fragment of damask in bold purple and black. Possibly Syrian or Byzantine, ca. AD700-1000. Z-spun with brown warps. The design includes floral and geometric forms. The remaining form is like a large raspberry or flower bud hanging down. The fabric is badly damaged and the rest of the design is not obvious although there are some geometric lines around the bud that contain fleur-de-lis. The piece may have been hemmed around the edges or has been sewn to something else in the past. A damask is a reversible fabric of silk (also wool, linen or cotton) with a pattern formed from one warp and one weft. The pattern is in a warp-faced, satin weave with the background in weft-faced, sateen weave. Often with large floral designs. Damask was produced in ancient China but took it’s name from Damascus, Syria, where it was produced for European export in the 12th century.”

 

Period: 
8th C
9th C
10th C
11th C
Culture: 
Persian

946-1877 woven silk damask ca 1550
Date: 1550
Culture: Italy
Technique: Damask
Sett
PPI
Notes: blue on light blue
Photo reference numbers 170 
26.25 " long 22" wide

Period: 
16th C
Culture: 
Italian
Museum Rereference Number: 
946-1877

This piece shows a new variation on the typical roundel style samitums of the earlier periods. Two peacocks face each other with tails raised. The shape of the peacock raised tails is followed by a curved line followed by two bands of script and another outline. between these designs are pairs fo sphinxes.The piece measures 9" square and shows two full across repeats, two repeats vertically and one nearly complete repeat of the design. Weibel called this plain compound cloth, but I have listed it as taquete, which is my interpretation of what Weibel meant by the term plain compound cloth.

This fragment was found in the shrine of St. Paul. They were removed and exhibited in 1896.This fragment measures 6 x 11 inches. It includes 2 full and one partial beaded roundel encompassing two horses facing each other with rounded encs. The roundels themselves measure 4.5". Between each set of four roundels appears a design of two birds facing each other.The design uses red, green, yellow and violet. 

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