Sumak bedding bag side panel

Circa 1830
Qarabagh area, Central Caucasus
97 cm x 46
3'2" x 1'6"

A very rare and early mafrash panel, with a weft-faced plain weave background intricately embroidered in a combination of weft-float brocading and extra-weft wrapping, resulting in a polychrome matrix of parallel and offset rows of diamonds with four-fold symmetry. A similar piece, albeit in a different format, was formerly in the Vok Collection, where it was attributed to northeast Anatolia (Vok 1996, n.19). A true masterpiece of colour and texture, exemplifying the ancient Caucasian art of sumak embroidery.

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