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Red silk with plant inspired design in green, white, and yellow.
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  • Red silk with plant inspired design in green, white, and yellow.


Nasrid dynasty (1230–1492), late 15th century


Spain; probably Granada

About this artwork

Highly sought after in Islamic Spain, silk textiles such as this one are remarkable for their wide variety of designs and vivid color combinations. The design of this fragment is vibrant and sophisticated, setting an intricate geometric pattern against a lustrous satin-weave ground. The pattern joins white trilobed arches with a repeat design of green hop blossoms, stylized vegetal motifs, and yellow scrolling ornaments that recall the lush interior settings of the Alhambra, an extensive royal complex overlooking the city of Granada. These elements are closely connected to architectural decoration—especially stuccowork and wall tiles—and they were shared by potters, stucco carvers, and weavers. In impressive condition, this textile presents a clear sense of the luxury and splendor of Nasrid palace interiors. Indeed, weaving establishments were often attached to palaces and formed an important part of royal households.


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Spain (Object made in)

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Made 1475–1500


Silk; lampas technique


60.8 × 30.5 cm (23 7/8 × 12 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by the Textile Society; Mrs. Julian Armstrong Jr.; Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Fund, and the Nicole Williams Contemporary Textile Fund

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