Textile, possibly 13th century Medium: silk, metallic yarns Technique: supplementary warp pile (velvet) in plain weave foundation, with continuous supplementary weft patterning Label: silk velvet with supplementary weft patterning in metallic threads. Gift of John Pierpont Morgan. 1902-1-385.
What is this?
Deep red velvet with offset repeat pattern of gold disks. The foundation is plain weave formed by a red silk warp and tan silk weft; the supplementary warp pile is red silk. The velvet pile is voided in the areas where the coin dots appear, and supplementary gold wefts are floated in pairs to the surface in these areas, bound in twill with the secondary ivory warp.