Floral Brocade

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Raw silk as well as silk velvets and brocades were major exports to Europe from the Safavid Empire. Contemporary paintings show that rich brocades were equally popular for clothing among the Iranian aristocracy. This fragment has a dark red ground with rows of stylized composite flowers in shades of green, blue, white, tan, and pink arranged in straight rows paired with abstract sundry leaves. Like their Mughal and Deccan counterparts, such textiles may have been inspired by printed Dutch and English botanicals.

Floral Brocade, Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas

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