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Towel or napkin border

Towel or napkin border

  • Place of origin:

    Turkey (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1899 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, embroidered with silk in double darning and double running in a line, and with metal thread in double darning and satin stitch

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Baxter

  • Museum number:

    T.256A-1912

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Physical description

Towel or Napkin border, cotton embroidered with silk in double darning, double running in a line and with metal thread in double darning and satin stitch.
One side has been cut, rolled and oversewn with buttonhole stitch.
There is a narrow border along the upper and lower ends which is not defined by lines: a series of pink or mauve flowerheads are linked by green leaves. Above this is a rather rigid arrangment of curving bands worked in metal thread which link to form a chain with a blue flowerhead and two pairs of pink buds at each intersection. Within each link is light or dark pink blossom, resembling a pine cone; these are tipped slightly, alternating up or down.

Place of Origin

Turkey (made)

Date

1800-1899 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cotton, embroidered with silk in double darning and double running in a line, and with metal thread in double darning and satin stitch

Dimensions

Length: 60.5 cm, Width: 46 cm

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

Illustrated in 'Ottoman Embroidery' by Marianne Ellis and Jennifer Wearden (V&A Publications, 2001); plate 121

Materials

Cotton yarn; Silk thread; Metal thread

Techniques

Weaving; Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Stylized flowers

Categories

Textiles; Embroidery

Collection

Middle East Section

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