Cotton, ink, and gold; plain weave, resist-dyed (ikat), painted inscription: black ink and gold leaf; painted
textile: L. 23 in. (58.4 cm), W. 16 in. (40.6 cm), mount: L. 27 1/2 in. (69.9 cm), W. 21 in. (53.3 cm), D. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm), Wt. 8 lbs. (3.6 kg)
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1929 (29.179.9)
Striped textiles from Yemen were famous in medieval times throughout the Islamic world. They were made in the ikat technique, in which cotton warp threads were bundled together and resist-dyed before being arranged on the loom to form striped lozenge patterns. The regularity of the weave and the fineness of the cotton threads of this tiraz attest to its status as a luxury object. The gilded inscription in a highly stylized floriated and interlaced kufic script includes the line "Dominion belongs to Him [God]." The presence of a fringe suggests that this fragment may have been part of a shawl.