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Hanging

Hanging

  • Place of origin:

    Turkey (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1699 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with silk in surface darning on the diagonal over three threads; made from three widths joined after being embroidered

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Frank Brangwyn

  • Museum number:

    T.44-1940

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The oldest Ottoman embroideries in the V&A date from the 16th or 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. In the 17th century the main designs were based on wavy parallel stems which run along the length of the fabric. In this example, the designer has given equal emphasis to the stems and to the flowers.

Physical description

Hanging, linen embroidered with silk in surface darning on the diagonal over 3 threads.
A solid green line forms the border. The field is decorated with zigzag parallel stems which are blue and contain cream tulips on a green leafy stem punctuated at intervals by a red spot. The stem is broken at intervals by a stylised cream cloud-band or crown motif. Small green stems branch from the blue ones and bear cream or blue and red tulips. Thicker blue stems branch off, each bearing a large red tulip with an internal pattern of yellow tulips, green leafy stem and white spots.
Made from three widths joined after being embroidered.

Place of Origin

Turkey (made)

Date

1600-1699 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with silk in surface darning on the diagonal over three threads; made from three widths joined after being embroidered

Dimensions

Length: 205 cm, Width: 134.5 cm

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

Illustrated in 'Ottoman Embroidery' by Marianne Ellis and Jennifer Wearden (V&A Publication, 2001) Plate 11

Materials

Linen; Silk thread

Techniques

Weaving; Embroidering; Sewing

Subjects depicted

Tulips; Stylized flowers

Categories

Textiles; Embroideries

Collection

Middle East Section

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