Ottoman Silk Embroidery

Circa 1800
Greece, Europe
141 cm x 38 cm
4'7" x 1'3"

Carefully worked in fine silk, this outstanding Greek Island embroidery consists of a horizontal repeat of directional floral devices containing tulips and hyacinths, which are among the favoured motifs by the Ottoman court. Embroideries of this type were commissioned by the court to the provincial Ottoman regions of the Dodecanese Islands, where the tradition of silk embroidery was consolidated since the Middle Ages.
Conserved on a cotton backing and mounted on a wooden stretcher

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