Cushion Cover (Yastik)

Object Name: Cushion cover

Date: 17th century

Geography: Attributed to Turkey

Medium: Silk, cotton, metal wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet, brocaded

Dimensions: Textile: H. 41 in. (104.1 cm)
W. 25 1/4 in. (64.1 cm)
Mount:: H. 44 1/8 in. (112.1 cm)
W. 29 1/8 in. (74 cm)
D. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Woven

Credit Line: Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915

Accession Number: 30.95.66


Velvet cushion covers with their bold patterning and limited color range are familiar textiles in museum collections. This velvet example, richly brocaded with metal thread, features a central medallion surrounded by carnations, tulips, and serrated leaves. The ends contain rows of lappets characteristic of many cushion covers, which decorated divans placed around the reception area of aristocratic households or in garden retreats or pavilions.