Loom Width with Floral and Tiger-stripe Design, Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas (kemha)

Loom Width with Floral and Tiger-stripe Design

Object Name:
16th century
Attributed to Turkey, Bursa
Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas (kemha)
Textile: L. 79 5/8 in. (202.2 cm)
W. 26 1/2 in. (67.3 cm)
Mount: H. 83 in. (210.8 cm)
W. 30 in. (76.2 cm)
D. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1944
Accession Number:
Not on view
This loom width panel features an unusual combination of elements from the çintamani motif and floral iconography. The wavy lines, alternately referenced as "tiger stripes" in the context of çintamani, is paired with a triple sprig of stylized blossoms derived from the repertoire of the nakkaşhane, the royal workshop. The iconography of this panel is also embellished with tiny geometric details within the lattice framework that resemble wood inlay. The whole composition is overlaid with feathery leaves called saz, and executed with gold metal wrapped thread for maximum effect.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1944; sold to MMA]
Atasoy, Nurhan, Walter B. Denny, Louise W. Mackie, and Hulya Tezcan. IPEK: imperial Ottoman silks and velvets, edited by Julian Raby, and Alison Effeny. London: Azimuth Editions, 2001. pp. 288–89, ill. fig. 257 (b/w).