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early 1600s

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

A knotted pile rug; red central medallion with vases of floral vines in white, pink, yellow, blue, burgundy, red and brown; the medallion design is symmetrical top to bottom; central medallion is on a yellow ground with arabesque designs and other figures; this central field is surrounded by multiple borders: first narrow with repeating brown figures on a red ground, then wider with predominantly white ground medallions on a blue ground, and then narrow again with the same repeating brown figures on a red ground; warp, weft and pile knots are wool; the weft is 2-ply (S) and extends as a short fringe at top and bottom; most warp elements are white, some are red (pink) and some are barber-pole striped in brown and white; the weft is red (various shades) throughout; pile knots are asymmetrical.

Known in the trade as Transylvanian, this rug has a red central medallion with vases of floral vines in white, pink, yellow, blue, burgundy, red and brown; the medallion design is symmetrical top to bottom; central medallion is on a yellow ground with arabesque designs and other figures; this central field is surrounded by multiple borders: first narrow with repeating brown figures on a red ground, then wider with predominantly white ground medallions on a blue ground, and then narrow again with the same repeating brown figures on a red ground; warp, weft and pile knots are wool; the weft is 2-ply (S) and extends as a short fringe at top and bottom; most warp elements are white, some are red (pink) and some are barber-pole striped in brown and white; the weft is red (various shades) throughout; pile knots are asymmetrical.

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Details

  • Title: rug
  • Date Created: early 1600s
  • Rights: Public Domain
  • Medium / Support: wool
  • External Link: See this object at www.imamuseum.org
  • Dimensions: 67 1/2 x 52 in. (including fringe)
  • Department: Textile and Fashion Arts
  • Credit Line: Gift of Charles Welliver in memory of Janet H. Welliver
  • Accession Number: 2009.559

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