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Silk

Sericulture, the art of silk production, is synonymous with China where, according to Confucius, Princess Xi Ling Shi was the first to reel a cocoon of silk in 2640 BC. For the next 3000 years the Chinese fiercely guarded their monopoly of silk. By the 3rd century BC, Chinese silk fabrics were carried overland to Europe and by sea to Japan. With time, both the silkworm eggs and the secret of sericulture were stolen but the position of silk, as the most valuable and coveted of woven materials has never been surpassed. The possession of a silk carpet has always been a signifier of great wealth and success and historically the use of silk thread was often reserved for members of ruling dynasties. Silk carpets are often embellished with gilt or silver wrapped metal thread.  Silk underfoot is the epitome of luxury.

Silk Kashan Carpet

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Persia, End 19th Century
12ft 0in lengh x 7ft 3in width
3.66m x 2.21m

  • Pair Silk Koum Ka Pour Rugs

    Pair Silk Koum Ka Pour Rugs

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    Turkey, First Half 20th Century
    Signed: Zareh Penyamin (1890 – 1949)
    6ft 5in length x 4ft 2in width
    1.96m x 1.27m

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