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The Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Collection
Bequest of H. McCoy Jones
Unravelling Yarns rotation, (1993-6)
A Garden of Earthly Delights, 4/23-24/96
Classic blue field Timuri Baluch with central tree-of-life design, an earlier design type. The six large hexagonal medallions form three pairs in the weft direction; the color distribution in each pair reverses that of its opposite member, and this is reversed in the preceding and following pair. The central diamonds filled with smaller diamonds are knotted with silk; the outline and interior colors of each of the larger diamonds reverses that of the other -- one diamond having an insect-red outline with golden yellow, pale green, blue, internal diamonds. The silk is now corroded and the pattern difficult to see in the diamond with the insect red outline.
The colors are an aubergine brown characteristic of Timuri carpets, three blues (medium blue, a vivid blue, and a very saturated blue). The limited use of undyed ivory and the dramatic use of it suggest an early carpet. There are scattered knots of colors not otherwise found in the carpet.
Originally would have had long flat-woven kilim section at each end, decorated with complementary-weft-weave, weft wrapping, etc.