wall-hanging / rug
Border fragment from a carpet tapestry. Textile with large scale design, probably a carpet or wall-hanging. Bright pinky red, grass green, yellow, pink, pale blue and brown on a cream (undyed) ground. Border divides into four bands, the widest with a bisected flower head and diagonal bars. "Coptic".
Materials: wool; Technique: tapestry weave on single warp threads; Warp: wool, S-spin, c. 8-9 ends per cm; Weft: wool, S-spin, c. 10-25 picks per cm; Edges: one plain selvedge; Sewing: none; Additional Info: weft in places paired.
Border fragments from a carpet or tapestry. Large scale design. Bright pink-red, grass green, yellow, pink, pale blue, and brown on cream ground. Border divides into four bands, the widests with a bisected flowerhead and diagonal bars.
- Found/Acquired: Egypt
- Length: 32 centimetres
- Width: 50 centimetres
24 January 2008
Reason for treatment
Lie on new fabric covered support board.
The objects is in a fairly sound condition for storage but is lying on a very acidic board covered with some green fabric. It has been attached to the green fabric along one edge, using very fine thread.
A new board was made from two sheets of Correx (polypropylene/polyethylene copolymer,coorugated sheet) held together around the edges with gummed linen tape. Vinamul 3252 (vinyl acetate,ethylene copolymer) diluted 50/50 with water was applied in an 8cm margin to the reverse side and allowed to dry. A piece of thin cotton domette was stretched around the front of the board and heatsealed to a 4cm margin of adhesive on the reverse. A piece of scoured unbleached cotton calico was then stretched over the domette and heat sealed to the remaining adhesive on the reverse. The edges of the fabric were sealed with gummed linen tape, applied using diluted Vinamul 3252. The object registration number was written on the reverse of the board.The stitches which attached the textile to the board were snipped and released and the object was slid onto the Correx board, using Melinex (polyester) to transfer it. Although some stitches were removed to release the textile from the board, it is still couched to the support fabric to which it was attached before this treatment.
Collection purchased at sale on 6th Dec 1954, lots 154, 155 and 156.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCB3336
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