Carpet fragment

Carpet fragment

Carpet fragment
Central Asia
200-400 AD
Knotted pile and tapestry weave in wool
Length 17.7 cm x width 11 cm
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.534 (L.B.IV.ii.0013)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

This fragment of woollen pile carpet is tapestry woven in red and blue wool on coarse wool warp with rows of knots of cream coloured wool. The tapestry woven base show a geometrical pattern and it is likely that this was the side up with the tufts placed down. The tufts may have been to prevent the textile slipping on a smooth floor or to provide extra warmth when used as bed cover. The fragment was found in a room of a ruined house which Stein believed originally have had some sort of clerical use, due to the presence of Kharosthi documents, waxed tablets and seal-cases.