Textile fragment a: H. 23 5/8 in. (60 cm)
W. 23 5/8 in. (60 cm)
Textile fragment b: H. 19 in. (48.3 cm)
W. 26 in. (66 cm)
Mount: H. 50 1/2 in. (128.3 cm)
W. 30 1/2 in. (77.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1912
Not on view
These square textile fragments are made up of several horizontal bands which are ornamented with geometrical interlaced cross patterns, saw patterns, and pyramidal merlons. Geometric designs such as the ones in this fragment are found ornamenting a wide variety of media produced in Nasrid period (1232–1492) Spain, including tile work, woodwork, book binding, and painted stucco. Such colorful geometric designs also recall the famous wall patterns in the Alhambra palace in Granada. In both the plaster and tile work of the buildings in the palace, interlacery designs are closely related to this weaving.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1912; sold to MMA]
Phipps, Elena. "Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Color." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (Winter 2010). p. 29, ill. fig. 49 (color).