Ottoman Silk Velvet Fragment with Metallic Thread

Circa 1550
Istanbul, Western Anatolia
80 cm x 40 cm
2'7" x 1'3"

An extremely fine crimson coloured silk velvet textile, distinguished by an ogival layout enclosing a lotus-shaped palmette surrounded by four pairs of tulips, alternated to a carnation and, in parallel and offset rows, by a crown motif. Ottoman velvets of this type show an acquaintance with the Italian velvets of the Renaissance, with which they are sometimes confused. Precious textiles such as this one, often embellished by metallic wrapped thread, were intended as luxury furnishing fabrics and display the rich flora characteristic of the Ottoman court iconography.
Conserved on a cotton backing and mounted on a wooden stretcher

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