Turkey, probably Istanbul
Silk, metal–wrapped thread; lampas (kemha); L. 75 in. (190.5 cm), W. 26 in. (66 cm)
Anonymous Gift, 1949 (49.32.79)
This lampas silk textile depicts an elegant spray of carnations, irises, and tulips within a feather-edged medallion. The ribbonlike ogival lattice harbors rosebuds and tulips in alternating colors. The unusual combination of eggplant purple, deepened by a dark brown warp, is contrasted with gold-wrapped weft threads for an elegant effect. Based on the pattern of the cuts on this fragment, it was once probably part of a caftan, a ceremonial robe meant to impress the viewer with its use of luxury materials and striking design.