Towel

A work made of cotton, plain weave; embroidered with silk, metal strip, and metal-strip-wrapped silk.
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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave; embroidered with silk, metal strip, and metal-strip-wrapped silk.

Date:

1800–1850

Artist:

Turkey

About this artwork

The lustrous silk threads in this embroidered towel evoke the light and color of a garden in summer. The Ottomans were known for their love of flowers. Roses, carnations , hyacinths, irises, and tulips bloomed in magnificant gardens along the Bosporus. Flowers adorned luxury objects and were a popular subject for embroidery. Embroiderers—both men and women—worked from designs drawn onto the ground (or base) fabrics, creating endless variety in the patterns by carefully choosing different threads and stitches.

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Title

Towel

Origin

Turkey

Date

1800–1850

Medium

Cotton, plain weave; embroidered with silk, metal strip, and metal-strip-wrapped silk

Dimensions

198.6 x 67 cm (78 1/8 x 26 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Burton Y. Berry

Reference Number

1953.87

Extended information about this artwork

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