Silk, cotton, metal–wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet (çatma), brocaded; a: H. 50 in. (127 cm), W. 26 1/2 in. (67.3 cm), b: H. 50 1/2 in. (128.3 cm), W. 26 1/2 in. (67.3 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917 (17.120.123)
A number of luxury textiles produced for domestic use, particularly velvets from Bursa, were destined for Ottoman interiors. Reception rooms (selamlık) in the palace and upper-class residences were designed with perimeter seating for entertainment and lounging. Made of wood and stuffed with wool, or suf (the etymology of our modern word “sofa”), these seating areas were covered in fine textiles and included sets of matching pillows for added back support. This cut and voided velvet features a stylized palmette pattern interspersed with serrated saz leaves and tulips, designed to fit the width of the loom. This allowed as many as eight or more covers to be cut from a single bolt.