The Piper's Curtain

The Piper's Curtain

A Curtain decorated with a piper and on the left vertical panel of warriors and dancers depicted on.

The Copts were famous for their outstanding weaving skills. They exported their products to countries around the Mediterranean. The textiles were mainly made of plain linen, while the surface was decorated with dyed woolen threads. This technique is called tapestry. One of the finest examples of Coptic tapestry was probably used as a curtain and is decorated with a dark-skinned piper (on the right), dancers, warriors, and men on horseback.

Date: 4th or 5th century A.D.

Mideum:  linen and wool

Provinence: Antinoopolis (modern al-Sheikh Ibada)