Pattern woven wool fragment

Pattern woven wool fragment

Pattern woven wool fragment(Textiles - Room 98, Case 3)
Central Asia
100-300 AD
Patterned weave in wool
Length 17 cm x height 7 cm
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.631 (N.XXIV.viii.003)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

This textile piece of polychrome pattern woven wool has a white ground with a repeating lozenge design in dark red. With this piece, there are also the remains of a small section in red yellow and blue. It was probably once used as a rug or decorative hanging. Stein found this fragment of pattern woven wool in one of the many rooms of a large residence. Most of the finds from this particular room were double wooden tablets in Kharosthi script, indicating that it had been used as an office for the well-to-do person living there. A wooden mouse-trap was also discovered in the room, so affluent people had pest-problems too.