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Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1710 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, leather, wood; hand-woven, hand-carved, hand-sewn

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A pair of women's shoes made of silk., woven in Iran, in a pattern of ornate apricot-coloure flowers and abstract curvilinear shapes in white and green, all surrounded with borders of flowers against a black ground. The quarters and tongue are edged with two strands of narrow metal lace (braid).

The shoes each have a leather sole and white leather rand. They have pointed toes curving upwards and shaped wooden heels.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1710 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, leather, wood; hand-woven, hand-carved, hand-sewn


Height: 15 cm, Width: 7.5 cm, Depth: 22 cm

Object history note

These shoes were made in England for a wealthy gentlewoman. Although their style and production owe much to English fashion and industry of the early 18th century, the silk used to face the shoe was actually produced in Iran, probably at an earlier date. Thus, in a small way, this pair of shoes demonstrates the transmission of artforms and media from the Middle East into Europe.

Descriptive line

Pair of woman's shoes, made from Iranian silk with floral motifs in apricot, green, white and black, made in England, ca. 1710

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

Tim Stanley (ed.), with Mariam Rosser-Owen and Stephen Vernoit, Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Middle East, London, V&A Publications, 2004

Production Note

Made in England, but with silk produced in Iran.


Silk (textile); Wood; Leather


Hand weaving; Hand carving; Hand sewing


Islam; Textiles; Footwear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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