Aug 15, 2007

Lampas fragment with blossoms in ogival lattice

Lampas fragment with blossoms in ogival lattice


Silk and silver-metal thread: lampas

Overall: 114.3 x 68.6 cm (45 x 27 in.); Mounted: 123.8 x 77.5 cm (48 3/4 x 30 1/2 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1915.666



The Iranian love of gardens was celebrated in poetry, yet textile patterns composed of blossoming plants only became fashionable in the 1630s, most likely inspired by European botanical engravings, and they dominated for the next 200 years. This design of composite plants within a curving ogival lattice is typically Iranian in the combination of blossoms with a prominent iris, range of colors, and technique with wefts floating, rather than bound in, across the back. However, the lattice layout framing blossoms were, on a larger scale, a hallmark of Ottoman Turkey.

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