Textile with Kufic Inscription

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Egypt was home to a number of state‑run textile factories sponsored by the Abbasid caliphs in Baghdad until about 969. These factories produced a cloth known as tiraz—a term that came to refer both to garments with inscriptions and to the workshops that manufactured them. This textile was woven for the Abbasid caliph al‑Muti', whose rule in Baghdad (946–74) coincided with the Buyid conquest of the city. The monumental scale of the calligraphy and its location near the edge of this fragment indicate that it originally belonged to a large textile, perhaps a shawl.

Textile with Kufic Inscription, Linen, silk; plain weave, tapestry weave

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