Brocaded silk with foliate medallions from a kaftan

Brocaded silk with foliate medallions from a kaftan

1525-1575

Lampas: silk and silver-metal thread

Overall: 104.7 x 48.3 cm (41 1/4 x 19 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1924.741

Description

Medallions enriched with floral and foliate decoration were signature Ottoman patterns during the height of silk textile production in the second half of the 1500s. Imperial kaftans with related patterns are preserved in the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul along with those worn by young princes. In this splendid length from a kaftan, abundant silver-thread flora and overlapping leaves on vines enliven medallions in the densely woven fabric. It is a combination of two weaves, called lampas, which creates two contrasting surfaces composed of vertical warps and horizontal wefts.

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

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