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  • Place of origin:

    Morocco (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, embroidered with silk in double running, back, cross, long-armed cross and satin stitch

  • Credit Line:

    Given by G. D. Pratt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In their earliest form, samplers were put together by embroiderers as personal reference works. They showed trials of patterns and stitches that had been copied from other embroideries. They were records of particular effects achieved that could be re-created again. In England and elsewhere in Europe in the 17th century samplers developed into a method of instruction and practice for girls learning needlework. Moroccan samplers of the 19th century like this one recall the early function of European samplers as collections of designs and stitch effects. Their randomly placed patterns were suitable for the decoration of household linen and clothing.

Physical description

Embroidered sampler

Place of Origin

Morocco (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton, embroidered with silk in double running, back, cross, long-armed cross and satin stitch


Length: 103 cm, Width: 73.5 cm

Descriptive line

Cotton sampler, embroidered with silk; Moroccan; 19th century.

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

Browne, Clare and Jennifer Wearden, eds. Samplers from the Victoria and Albert Museum. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 1851773096.


Cotton; Silk



Subjects depicted



Embroidery; Textiles


Middle East Section

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