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  • Place of origin:

    London (retailed)
    Middle East (embroidered)

  • Date:

    ca. 1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Liberty & Co. Ltd. (retailer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered silk

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Silk-embroidered curtain worked on both faces with a reversible design. Two-sides of rose pink 'Art' silk patterned in a repeating design of rows of two motifs showing stylised tulip and rose trees alternating with small sprigs of thistles and rosebuds. Worked in two-sided satin stitch in floss silks and pattern embroidered in purple, light and dark pink, yellow, white and three shades of green. The two-sided techniques show a few slight gaps on one side of the curtain. Because of the enormous height of this curtain it was probably made in such a way that it could be cut without destroying the design or the embroidery. The top and bottom of the curtain have a hand-sewn hem. A piece of cotton tape sewn to one corner has an inked number '=7008'.

Place of Origin

London (retailed)
Middle East (embroidered)


ca. 1910 (made)


Liberty & Co. Ltd. (retailer)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered silk

Marks and inscriptions

On a piece of cotton tape sewn to one corner, in ink


Length: 146.5 in, Width: 61.5 in, Length: 372.3 cm, Width: 156.3 cm

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1987/694.

Descriptive line

Silk-embroidered curtain, embroidered in the Middle East, retailed in Liberty & Co. Ltd., London, ca. 1910

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

Liberty & Co's Catalogue, Autumn and Winter, 1910-1911. Illustrated.


Silk (textile)



Subjects depicted

Thistles; Flowers


Textiles; Embroidery; Interiors; Wall coverings


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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