detail of decorated area from the Alcazar, in Seville, Spain, showing Geometric Pattern using ceramic tiles, mosaic or pottery.

Image SPA 2713 featuring decorated area from the Alcazar, in Seville, Spain, showing Geometric Pattern using ceramic tiles, mosaic or pottery.

Uzbekistan’s Fergana Valley is rightly famous for its ikat fabrics – which require infinite skill and patience of its practitioners. Because of its strong links to the past, and the independent, artistic nature of the process, ikat was suppressed in the Soviet era. Current masters (usto in Uzbek) learned from their fathers and grandfathers, who tied and died their complex warp patterns in secret.

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Detail from the Chinese wallpaper in the Lower India Room at Penrhyn Castle, hung early 1830s. ©National Trust/Andrew Bush

Silk and paper crossovers

Detail from the Chinese wallpaper in the Lower India Room at Penrhyn Castle, hung early ©National Trust/Andrew Bush

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