On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460

Yastiks are cushion covers used by the Ottoman elite to decorate the interiors of their palaces. They are distinguished by their rectangular shape, a dominant red velvet background, and a composition framed on both sides with a band formed of a linear repeating motif. These cushion covers were produced in quantity; the same pattern type was woven one after the other in a continuous length on the loom and later cut to size.

Yastik, Silk, cotton, metal wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet, brocaded

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