Fragment, Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas


14th–15th century
Attributed to Spain
Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas
Textile: H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
W. 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Mat: H. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
W. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
Not on view
This silk textile fragment is divided into horizontal bands, decorated with interlaced knots, alternating blue-gray and red pyramidal merlons, horizontal stripes and an Arabic inscription in black Kufic lettering.
Geometric patterns such as the ones in this fragment are found ornamenting a wide variety of media produced in Nasrid period (1232–1492) Spain, including tile work, woodwork, book binding, and painted stucco. Such colorful geometric designs also recall the famous wall patterns in the Alhambra palace in Granada. In both the plaster and tile work of the buildings in the palace, interlacery designs are closely related to this weaving.
The inscription in Kufic reads: "wa al-i'zz a'-Qa'im" which is translated as "Glory to our Lord."
Inscription: The Arabic inscription in Kufic reads: "wa al-i'zz a'-Qa'im." It is translated as "Glory to our Lord" (transliteration and translation provided by A. Ghouchani, Nov. 2008)
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1912; sold to MMA]