Embroidered Cover or Curtain

Embroidered Cover or Curtain

17th-18th century

Embroidery: silk on linen tabby ground

Average: 201.3 x 140.3 cm (79 1/4 x 55 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1916.1301

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Description

This exuberant pattern of spiraling roundels enlivens a ground of isolated vegetation, despite disintegrated dark brown–black silk thread outlines. Professional draftsmen would have drawn the pattern in ink on the reverse side of several loosely attached, plain linen cloths. They were separated for embroiderers to follow and then reassembled; frequently, the designs do not match perfectly at the seams.

See also
Collection: 
T - Islamic
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Embroidery

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