A large, rectangular twill woven rug. Made from two equal sized pieces [100 cm wide appox] sewn edge to edge along the selvedge. Comprising natural brown wool bands alternating with narrower dyed wool bands - red, green, blue, yellow, red, black and blue - grouped together. The warp ends are finished with a simple knot and cut short. The dye from the yellow band is not fast.
- Made in: Bulgaria
- Found/Acquired: Medven
- Length: 338 centimetres
- Width: 200 centimetres
Text from Eth Doc 1836 9entry 130): This rug marks a transition period, i.e. a period when the rugs were no longer woven of wool in natural colours but of dyed yarn. The wide beige stripes are in the natural colour of the wool. They alternate with groups of differently coloured stripes. Later the wide stripes were set in with dyed yarn. The rug is used as a floor cover.
Second half of the 19th century.
Part of a collection of 347 items given by the Bulgarian Committee for Cultural Relations in 1971, together with a full list describing each item, its manufacture and usage, with general account of Bulgarian costume in the different regions (Eth Doc 1836, pp. 21-25); specific information is given under 'Curator's Comment'.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: EEU501
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