Fragmentary Loom Width with Ogival Pattern

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460

With its unusual eggplant‑purple background, gold medallions, and crisp, stencil‑like drawing, this textile is an exceptionally fine example of the luxurious Ottoman silk fabrics referred to as kemha. Employing bold patterns, such as this ogival lattice design, these textiles were highly valued throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. Many datable fragments survive in the form of religious vestments of various Christian communities from Sweden to Moscow. Considering its overall shape, this fragment probably once served as part of a chasuble—a garment worn by Christian clergy.

Fragmentary Loom Width with Ogival Pattern, Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas (kemha)

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