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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- Cotton, plain weave; embroidered with silk, metal strip, and metal-strip-wrapped silk
- 198.6 x 67 cm (78 1/8 x 26 3/8 in.)
- Gift of Burton Y. Berry