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A continuous pattern that can be read in two ways: either as linked circles with a red rosette at the centre, or as blue quatrefoils, with the small rosettes set between the leaves. In addition there are two bands with small arches, red and blue in alternation. These are placed at right angles to each other.
The reverse shows more dye saturation than the surface. One fragment found at Quseir al-Qadim possibly has the same design of linked quatrefoils or circles (see Vogelsang-Eastwood 1990: Cat. no. 57). The dye analysis has shown that the colorant used for the red was alizarin with purpurin, the source of which was Rubia tinctorum L. Also published in Barnes 1990: 190, fig. 5.
In: Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997)
Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), no. 1092 on p. 327 (vol. ii), vol. ii pp. 29, 95, 108, 146, 328, & 351, vol. ii p. 327 fig. 1092
Barnes, Ruth, ‘Indian Textiles for Island Taste: Gujarati Cloth in Eastern Indonesia’, Ars Orientalis, 34, (2004), p. 138, illus. p. 138 fig. 2