Silk; cut and voided velvet with continuous floats of flat metal thread; L. 25 3/4 in. (65.4 cm), W. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1952 (52.20.13)
This cut and voided velvet displays a majestic ogival lattice composition surrounded by metal strips, now lost in most places. Well-known textile designer and entrepreneur Ghiyath al-Din cAli has added his signature, “Work of Ghiyath,” where adjacent stems meet under the eight-pointed star. A variety of figural and floral compositions bear Ghiyath’s name, and their popularity and high-quality craftsmanship are attested by the inclusion of approximately fifty of his textiles in a diplomatic gift sent by Shah cAbbas to the Mughal emperor Akbar in the early seventeenth century.