The Investigation of Dye Sources in English Turkey Work Carpets by Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography (UHPLC-PDA) Analysis

Lore Troalen, Rosie Upton, Jamie Mulherron, Alison N Hulme

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Abstract

We present a comprehensive investigation of two rare examples of turkeywork carpets held in Scottish collections: the Kinghorne Carpet at National Museums Scotland and the Chaloner Carpet in the Burrell Collection. Analysis by ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC–PDA) showed that the colours used in the making of the carpets were achieved by subtle dyeing sequences utilising a range of dye sources (cochineal, weld, dyer’s greenweed, madder, brazilwood and young fustic) combined with overdyeing processes (indigo/woad). The levels of photodegradation of the flavonoid-based yarns are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDyes in History and Archaeology
EditorsJo Kirby
PublisherArchetype Publications
Volume33/34
ISBN (Print)9781909492806
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021

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