Fragmentary Silk Velvet with Repeating Tiger-stripe and 'Chintamani' Design

Object Name: Fragment

Date: second half 15th century

Geography: Attributed to Turkey, Bursa

Medium: Silk, metal wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet (çatma), brocaded

Dimensions: Textile: H. 29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm)
W. 28 in. (71.1 cm)
Mount: H. 31 1/2 in. (80 cm)
W. 30 11/16 in. (78 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1908

Accession Number: 08.109.23


This early example of chintamani silk velvet incorporates the triangular formation of three circles alternating with two wavy bands. The pile in these luxurious textiles is created by the warp threads, which are looped during the weaving process and later sheared to create the plush surface. Polychromatic designs were created by alternating two or more warps in contrasting colors, and brocaded with metal-wrapped weft threads creating the "voided" ground in the design.