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One of a collection of samples of Paisley shawl patterns, short length of a woven border with long cone or buta shapes at the centre, detailed multi-coloured design predominantly in shades of red, blue and green: probably Scottish, Paisley, mid-19th century

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Woollen cloth fragment with a simple check design, from the mouth of a pot containing a hoard of Roman coins, part of a hoard buried c. 230 AD and found on 9 August 1933 in Bell's Meadow, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Textile / wool / ribbon / sample Textile / wool / ribbon / sample

Length of fabric, cream wool warp and weft hold together a plain weave in the white organza ribbon and are not visible on the front: Scottish, Galashiels, designed by Bernat Klein, possibly late 1960s

Textile / panel Textile / panel

Silk panel woven in gold and coloured threads and showing a design of rocks, waves and four-clawed dragons with Buddhist symbols and phoenixes above: China, 18th century

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Tapestry woven textile fragment in coloured wools with three conventionalised human figures: South America, probably Peru, probably late Nasca period. c. 900 - 1400

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Black, white and brown strip of cotton cloth with fringes at each end: East Central Africa, Tanganyika Territory, Shinyanga District, Wasukama

Textile / sample / satin / silk Textile / sample / satin / silk

Textile piece woven in coloured silks against a satin weave ground with a repeating design of tulips and palmettes: Turkish, 17th century

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Length of silk fabric, woven in grey-brown and white with a repeating design of stepped diamond shapes, fabric is reversible, white with brown diamond shapes on one side, brown with white diamond shapes on the other, double cloth and ribbed, one of ten pieces which previously formed the same mantua or dress: possibly English, mid 18th century

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Bright blue silk damask sample with satin background, showing a design of exotic flowers and leaves: English or French, c. 1729 - 1732

Textile / Sample / tussah silk Textile / Sample / tussah silk

Tussah silk sample showing a design by William Morris called 'Indian Diaper': English, late 19th century

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Printed tussar silk sample with a design by William Morris called 'Iris': English, late 19th century

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Printed tussar silk sample with a design by William Morris called 'Larkspur': English, Staffordshire, Leek, by Thomas Wardle & Co., circa 1890

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Printed tussar silk sample with a design by William Morris called 'Honeysuckle': English, late 19th century

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Cotton velvet sample block printed in permanent dyes and showing a pattern of a round conventional flower with a recurved leafy stalk: English, late 19th century

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Cotton sample, designed by William Morris in 1875, printed in dark and light blue with 'tulip' design and the inscription 'MORRIS & COMPANY 449 OXFORD STREET' along edge: English, late 19th century

Textile / sample / chintz Textile / sample / chintz

Sample of chintz printed blue and showing a design by William Morris of birds amidst foliage and flowers in reserve: English, late 19th century

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