Ikat
3' 8" x 5' 11"
Circa 1870
Uzbekistan
Ref no. 4981
Silk
Ikat #1
Ikat - 3' 8" x 5' 11"
An allover repeat design of stylized palmettes pulsates across the soft, cool golden ground of this impressive antique silk Ikat. Incredibly, the sinuous, rippling design is achieved primary through the dyeing process, using a bundled tie-dyed technique. The expert control required by such a tour-de-force technique is all the more astounding given the subtle variations in the patterning. While most of the palmettes are repeated in the symmetry of vertical translation, whole rows or individual pars of palmettes are inverted and/or jogged horizontally, endowing the design with a subtle, initially covert dynamism or excitement. Here the masterful combination of design and technique is matched by the superb and varied sense of color.

traditional

modern

textures

flatweaves

designers.studio