Brocaded silks were among the most abundant textiles favored by the Ottomans. This rectangular fragment has been woven in the kemha technique using metal wrapped thread. A yellowish brown floral design organized vertically is set against a blue background. Black contours highlight and accentuate the repeating pattern. Some flowers in the upper part show remnants of red (now pink). The repertoire of motifs combines Chinese-inspired lotus flowers with classical Ottoman motifs, such as carnations, rosebuds, and tulips.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1908; sold to MMA]
Denny, Walter B., Dr. Aileen Ribeiro, Judy Levin, and Jean L. Druesedow. Court and Conquest: Ottoman Origins and the Design for Handel's Tamerlano at the Glimmerglass Opera. Ohio: Kent State University Museum, 1998–1999. p. 39, ill. fig. 37 (b/w).