This extrordinary silk Morocan textile was once the terminal for a remarkable ceremonial belt. Rows of abstracted rosettes flanked by lillies alternate in pink and gold against a deeper rose ground. Two distinct colors of beetle-derived red, most probably cochineal, is utilized. A solitary panel draws alternating diamonds and squares using blues, greens and silver metallic thread. The distinct design of this section, and indeed the composition of the entire piece, may be traced back to Nasrid models of the fifteenth century and demonstrates the enduring legacy of Andalusian models on later North African weaving.
Ceremonial Festive Belt Fragmentc. 1800
- 2' 7"
- 0' 6"
- RUG ID: