Not currently on display at the V&A

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1500-1599 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The oldest Ottoman embroideries in the V&A date from the 16th and 17th centuries. They are either whole covers and wall hangings or fragments of them. They are decorated with large-scale, bold designs in red, blue, green and yellow, with some white and black. The oldest patterns, such as this one, are made from intersecting lines which enclose spaces filled with flowers.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Linen, embroidered with silk in regular surface darning over five threads; made from two widths joined after being embroidered
Brief Description
embroidered, 1550-99, Turkish
Physical Description
Cover of linen embroidered with silk in regular surface darning over 5 threads, double running and chain stitch (border).

Made from two widths joined after being embroidered.

The border is a three-leafed motif in blue, yellow, white, red or green. The field is divided into pointed compartments by a lattice of red stems edged with tiny green leaves and decorated at intervals with a yellow circular motif. The stems contains a line of small flowerheads from which dark thread has corroded. The compartments contain an ogival medallion with a spiky blue edging and a red cloud band at its lowest point. The ogee is red with a central white tree motif, two curving stems and four greenand four white medallions.
Dimensions
  • Length: 94cm
  • Width: 99cm
Style
Subject depicted
Summary
The oldest Ottoman embroideries in the V&A date from the 16th and 17th centuries. They are either whole covers and wall hangings or fragments of them. They are decorated with large-scale, bold designs in red, blue, green and yellow, with some white and black. The oldest patterns, such as this one, are made from intersecting lines which enclose spaces filled with flowers.
Bibliographic Reference
Illustrated in 'Ottoman Embroidery' by Marianne Ellis and Jennifer Wearden (V&A Publications, 2001) Plate 3
Collection
Accession Number
888-1900

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record createdJanuary 16, 2001
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