Warp: silk, ivory, or with blue, red or yellow tint, Z3S, depressed, slightly undulating
Weft: 3 shoots reddish silk, Z2S, the second sometimes Z3S, first and third slightly undulating, second strongly undulating.
Pile: silk, asymmetrical open to the left, H5 x V3.6 cm.
These two silk Kashgar fragments come from a carpet which belongs to the most elegant group of East Turkestan weavings known to exist. This group, including these fragments, are directly influenced by silk foundation Mughal floral lattice carpets of the 17th century. Please see Walker, D., "Classic Indian Rugs", Hali, Vol. 4, no. 3, 1982, p. 256, fig. 7, for a similar example of a fragment in the Textile Museum, Washington, D. C.. Two other, although much larger, fragments of a similar silk Kashgar carpet exist, one in a private German collection (see Konig, H., "Influences in the Design of East Turkestan Rugs," in Volkmann, M., Alte Orientteppiche, Munich, 1985, no. 112) and the other sold at Sotheby's New York, 5 December 1987, lot 121. The main difference between the current fragments and the other two fragments is the coloration. The Konig and Sotheby's fragments are on a rose, nearly magenta field and have a light background border (which only remains on the Konig example), whereas the Bernheimer pieces have a deeper rose, nearly burgundy, field and medium indigo borders. The drawing of the Bernheimer examples is also slightly more angular, particularly in the border.