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Velvet hanging or cover
Inv. no. 1384
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Velvets, especially those enriched with silver and gold threads, were among the most prestigious fabrics in 16th and 17th centuries Ottoman Turkey. This special motif of carnation decoration in staggered rows was probably the most popular creation of Bursa velvet weavers. Belonging to one of the outstanding sections of the Museum’s collection of Islamic Art, this piece can well be considered among the most famous prototypes of Turkish velvet weaving of its period.

History of the Object
Apart from their aesthetic quality, textiles made an important contribution to the Empire’s economic growth. They were greatly appreciated locally and also in the West, especially in Italy (Venice). Velvets were mainly used for wall hangings, divan covers, cushions, etc, in palaces and for interiors in general. This piece has a red cut velvet ground with blue highlights and is covered with a decorative pattern of stylized carnations resembling palms on a ground enriched with silver thread. Small motifs of tulips and bushes appear on a gold thread ground.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Silk velvet, silver and gold metal threads 
Measurements
Width 132cm Height 192cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Turkey; Bursa or Istanbul 
Geography
Turkey 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; Early 17th century; Ottoman period 
Function
Decorative panel (hanging or cover) 
Acquisition
Acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian from Pollak through Bacri in Paris in November 1926. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation  
Museum
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum 
Credit line
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation/Calouste Gulbenkian Museum  

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