Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Cushion Cover (Yastik)

Object Name:
Cushion cover
17th century
Attributed to 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)
Related Objects

Fragmentary Loom Width with Wavy-vine Pattern

Date: ca. 1565–80 Medium: Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas (kemha) Accession: 52.20.21 On view in:Gallery 460

Khusrau and Shirin

Date: dated A.H. 904/A.D. 1498–99 Medium: Main support: ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; binding: leather Accession: 69.27 On view in:Gallery 460

Yastik Cushion Cover

Date: ca. 1600 Medium: Silk, cotton, metal wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet (çatma), brocaded Accession: 17.120.123 On view in:Gallery 460

Carpet with Triple-arch Design

Date: ca. 1575–90 Medium: Silk (warp and weft), wool (pile), cotton (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile Accession: 22.100.51 On view in:Not on view

Fragment of a Kaftan Back

Date: mid-16th century Medium: Silk, metal wrapped thread; taqueté (seraser) Accession: 52.20.15 On view in:Not on view