Antique Ikat Silk Velvet Panel

Circa 1860
Bokhara, Uzbekistan
74 cm x 40 cm
2'5" x 1'3"

Among the weavings of central Asia, ikat textiles best express the quality and purity of colour as well as the magic of abstract forms. The rare examples woven in silk velvet were very expensive and difficult to manufacture and were destined to high ranking clients. The pattern here derives from Turkmen jewellery, rendered here in fully saturated colours against an aubergine purple background. Conserved on a cotton backing and mounted on a wooden stretcher.

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