Size: 14ft. 5 in. x 3 ft. 10 in.
432.5 cm. x 115 cm.
The format used here, wide central panel for the field and paired border strips,
first appears in Classic group weaving and this example is the earliest known
three-piece kelim. The coloration, materials and techniques all indicate this
slit tapestry was not produced during the Archaic or prototype period but in
the next or Classic group. These nine large hexagonal medallions, one is missing
as is one of the borders, are a recombination of elements from Plates One, Two,
Four and Five.
Connecting the formerly free-standing medallions of Plates One and Two in a
style somewhat reminiscent of Plate Four and then adding additional hooked extensions
created the pattern seen above. This process of extrapolation and recombination
frequently occurred in post-Archaic group weaving and always resulted in an
iconographically less potent but often visually exciting design form.
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