Towel

1800-1899 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

At the end of the 18th century embroidery designs began to develop into rigid and heavily stylised borders for towels and napkins. The colours of 18th and 19th century embroideries were originally very bright but many have faded to pleasing pastel shades; often great quantities of metal thread were used. Napkins were mainly used to clean fingers during meals, but were also used as decoration and as covers. Their designs were consistently inventive.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Embroidered cotton with silk and metal threads
Brief Description
Towel of embroidered cotton with silk and metal threads, Turkey, 1800-1899
Physical Description
Towel or napkin of embroidered cotton with silk in double darning, double darning on the diagonal, double running in a line, and eyelets and metal thread in fishbone, satin stitch, double darning and double running in a line, and with plate in satin stitch. One side has been cut and hemmed. At each end are two large sprays of pears and a small flower bowl.
Dimensions
  • Length: 146.5cm
  • Width: 62cm
  • Length: 57in
  • Width: 24in
Style
Credit line
Given by J. W. F. Morton, Esq.
Subjects depicted
Summary
At the end of the 18th century embroidery designs began to develop into rigid and heavily stylised borders for towels and napkins. The colours of 18th and 19th century embroideries were originally very bright but many have faded to pleasing pastel shades; often great quantities of metal thread were used. Napkins were mainly used to clean fingers during meals, but were also used as decoration and as covers. Their designs were consistently inventive.
Bibliographic Reference
Illustrated in 'Ottoman Embroidery' by Marianne Ellis and Jennifer Wearden (V&A Publication, 2001); plate 111
Collection
Accession Number
T.309-1966

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record createdMarch 13, 2001
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