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Cushion Cover (Yastik)

Object Name:
Cushion cover
Date:
17th century
Geography:
Turkey, Bursa or Istanbul
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk, cotton, and metal wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet, brocaded
Dimensions:
Textile: L. 26 in. (66 cm) W. 35 in. (88.9 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1970
Accession Number:
1970.65.4
Not on view
Yastiks are cushion covers used by the Ottoman elite to decorate the interiors of their palaces. They are distinguished by their rectangular shape, a dominant red velvet background, and a composition framed on both sides with a band formed of a linear repeating motif. These cushion covers were produced in quantity; the same pattern type was woven one after the other in a continuous length on the loom and later cut to size.
Joseph V. McMullan, New York (until 1970; gifted to MMA)
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