For centuries, the native weavers of Egypt were
famous for the richness of their work. Using
intricate patterns and vivid colors, Coptic weavers
created masterpieces of textile art. Coptic
textiles, used for rugs, wall hangings and
clothing appliques, were exported throughout
the Roman and Byzantine empires. However, the
finest surviving examples come from Egypt itself,
where a dry climate has preserved the delicate
fabric. Intimate in scale yet monumental in
vision, these woven pictures speak of a world
alive with color and movement.
This fragment contains two columns with green
squares containing red florettes with yellow centers.
Two columns of seven red wave-like motifs fill the
spaces between the green squares.