Date: early 16th century
Medium: Silk and metal thread
Dimensions: Overall: 43 x 25 3/4 in. [loom width] (109.2 x 65.4 cm);
Mounted on board in plexi box: 46 x 29 3/8 x 2 5/8 in. (116.8 x 74.6 x 6.7 cm)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1953
Accession Number: 53.157
This splendid crimson velvet with pink voided areas and others brocaded with silver-wrapped yellow thread reflects the international style common in Turkey, Iran, Syria, and Egypt in the late fifteenth century. Yet, because of the mutual exchange of artistic vocabularies, especially in the production of velvets, there remains the possibility that this textile was actually woven in Venice.