ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART II
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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16. 
silk velvet ikat
three sections of loom length
bukhara
central asia
circa 1860
95 x 95 cm (3'1" 3'1")


Notes: silk velvet weave on a silk foundation
Among the weavings of central Asia, ikat textiles best express the quality and purity of colour as well as the magic of abstract forms. The rare examples woven in silk velvet were very expensive and difficult to manufacture, and were destined to high ranking clients. This unusual piece is distinguished by its emerald green background, and by a design of pendants which can also be seen on some Beshir rugs from the Bukhara Emirate.
Bibliography: K. Fitz Gibbon, A. Hale, Ikat: Splendid Silks of Central Asia - The Guido Goldman Collection (London,1997): 94.

 



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