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Cushion Cover (Yastik)

Object Name:
Cushion cover
17th century
Turkey, probably Istanbul
Silk, cotton, and metal wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet, brocaded.
Textile: L. 31 1/2 in. (80 cm) W. 24 1/2 in. (62.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1970
Accession Number:
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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