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  • Place of origin:

    Turkey (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1699 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered linen with silks

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr A. Skene

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Some pieces of Ottoman embroidery made between 1500 and the 1720s have survived. They are whole covers, or fragments of covers. They are decorated with large-scale, bold designs in red, blue, green and yellow, with small amounts of black and white.

Physical description

Hanging of embroidered linen with silks in surface darning on the diagonal and a running stitch border. The border, which is along the lower edge and the right hand side, has an angular green meander with red pomegranates and blue leaves. The ground is decorated with off-set bands of red pomegranates between curving blue serrated leaves, each with a white internal stem, and with a red cloud band motif at the base and red spiky leaves at the top. Each pomegranate contains a pattern of stems coming from a green base and with a central white tulip. Made from two widths joined after being embroidered.

Place of Origin

Turkey (made)


1600-1699 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embroidered linen with silks

Marks and inscriptions

Curtain. ?Chios. Bought from the old ? Fool. Athens. Price 30 dr. 1905 [not clear]
Label sewn onto the bottom right-hand corner


Length: 141 cm, Width: 85 cm, Width: 35 in, Length: 55.5 in

Descriptive line

Hanging of embroidered linen with silks, Turkey, 1600-1699

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Illustrated in 'Ottoman Embroidery' by Marianne Ellis and Jennifer Wearden (V&A Publication, 2001); plate 31


Linen; Silk thread


Weaving; Sewing; Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Pomegranates; Tulips


Textiles; Embroidery; Interiors; Wall coverings


Middle East Section

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