Silk, metal–wrapped thread; lampas (kemha); L. 44 in. (111.8 cm), W. 26 3/4 in. (67.9 cm)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1952 (52.20.19)
Ottoman lampas and velvet textiles often feature large-scale designs displayed within the ogival framework. This example incorporates an elongated tulip flanked by two wavy lines and divided by saz-style serrated leaves centering tiny blossoms. Delicate carnations and tulips wind their way along vines inside the ogival lattice. Though slightly worn, the gold surface features metal-wrapped thread emphasized by the bright red background, a color combination popular at the Ottoman court. Based on the shape of the fragment, this lampas-woven silk (kemha) was probably once used as part of a garment.