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Item originally listed on Christie's website. No longer  available. Current owner unknown.

Original Christie's write up:
"A MAMLUK WEFT-FACED SILK WOVEN FRAGMENT
EGYPT?, 14TH CENTURY

Lot Description
A MAMLUK WEFT-FACED SILK WOVEN FRAGMENT
EGYPT, 14TH CENTURY (CHECK THIS)
The simple woven linen ground woven in brilliantly coloured silks with a lattice of raspberry-pink, indigo, medium blue and lemon-yellow lozenges containing smaller coloured
panels, divided by brown lines linking small ivory lozenges, various associated small tassles, original loom width, mounted on board 4 3/8 x 7Ωin. (11 x 19cm.)

Provenance
Maurice Nahmann Collection, reputedly from Fostat

Lot Notes
Probably a bag face, particularly in view of the traces of original selvage each side. The vivid colours and associated tassels resemble those of a delightful Mamluk silk
applied patchwork bag with linen lining and embroidered with various colours, (Ashmolean Museum, no. 66, in Marianne Ellis, Embroideries and samplers from Islamic Egypt, Oxford, 2001, p.94)."

Personal Observations:

Assessment: From Western Europe, late 14th - early 15th century. Possibly arrived in Egypt in the possession of a traveler, or as trade goods. Church mission?

 

Fabric count: ~36 threads per inch (computed from photograph and given dimensions)

Colors noted:
Light purple
Dark blue-gray
Golden yellow
Red-brown
Light green
off white

References:
None
 
Images:
The original listing is gone but a version can be seen at http://www.azerbaijanrugs.com/mamluk/mamluk_flatwoven_silk_carpet_fragment_14th_century.htm

I have imagery and a PDF of the original page, if desired.

Patterns:
http://wymarc.com/images/patterns/pdf/Y015A.pdf

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