Embroidered Curtain

Embroidered Curtain

17th-18th century

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Embroidery; silk and metallic threads

Overall: 281 x 157.7 cm (110 5/8 x 62 1/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1916.1361.a

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Reversible curtains were hung at large doors that opened into interior courtyards, either tied back or hung across the opening for privacy. This striking example, one of a pair, is composed of alternating groups of monochromatic and decorated narrow strips of silk. The decorated strips were made by weavers or gold-thread embroiderers in the marketplace. Even the tiny white silk thread stitches joining the lengths contribute to the overall richness.

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

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