Fragmentary Silk Velvet with Repeating Tiger-stripe and 'Chintamani' Design
second half 15th century
Silk, metal wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet (çatma), brocaded
Textile: H. 29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm)
W. 28 in. (71.1 cm)
Mount: H. 31 1/2 in. (80 cm)
W. 30 11/16 in. (78 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1908
Not on view
This early example of chintamani silk velvet incorporates the triangular formation of three circles alternating with two wavy bands. The pile in these luxurious textiles is created by the warp threads, which are looped during the weaving process and later sheared to create the plush surface. Polychromatic designs were created by alternating two or more warps in contrasting colors, and brocaded with metal-wrapped weft threads creating the "voided" ground in the design.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1908; sold to MMA]
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