Pair of bed curtains

Date: 18th century

Culture: Greek Islands, Patmos

Medium: Silk on linen

Dimensions: Overall (64.278.1): L. 87 1/2 x W. 20 3/4 inches (222.3 x 52.7 cm);
Overall (64.278.2): L. 87 3/4 x W. 21 inches (222.9 x 53.3 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Embroidered

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Wilkinson, 1964

Accession Number: 64.278.1, .2


The focal point for textile furnishings in the traditional house in the Cyclades was the bed in an alcove or on a raised mezzanine. The main bed was curtained off, and it was the curtains plus cushions and bolsters that comprised the bulk of domestic fabrics. This panel is embellished with columns and rows of double-leaf and complex triangular forms once considered typical of embroidery attributed to Patmos but now thought to represent Cycladic manufacture.