About this artwork
Textiles held an important place in all Islamic courts, including that of the Mamluks in Egypt and Syria. The appeal of woven fabrics lay in their rich colors, elaborate patterns, and luxury materials, including silk and metal thread. Woven silks such as these two fragments were hung as wall decorations, made into robes worn by members of the court, or given as official gifts to rulers of neighboring regions.
- Currently Off View
- Egypt (Object made in)
- Made 1367–1500
- Silk, warp-float faced 3:1 twill weave with supplementary patterning wefts tied by secondary binding warps in plain interlacings
- 22.9 × 25.7 cm (9 × 10 1/8 in.); Weft repeat: H.: 11.8 cm (4 5/8 in.)
- Grace R. Smith Textile Endowment