Cushion cover

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1600
  • Geography

  • Material

    Compound satin and velvet
  • Dimension

    H x W: 175 x 128.5 cm (68 7/8 x 50 9/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Two color velvet (primarily red with details in light blue) with silver and gold brocade, decorated with a repeating fan-shaped palmette motif. An interior border within the design suggests that this textile was originally intended as a cushion cover. In its present state, it consists of two rectangular panels sewn together vertically, tacked to a linen backing material and attached to a wood stretcher.
    The technical details fit the description of a chatma, (1) a Turkish velvet in a raised design with metallic thread. The white satin weave, warp-faced ground has a fine silk warp and a thicker weft, likely to be cotton. (2) The supplemental weave consists of velvet, which is cut and voided, and silver and gold brocade, which has white and yellow silk weft threads respectively, each wrapped with silver foil.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Momtaz Islamic Art
  • Provenance

    From 1940s to 1976
    Collection in England, from the 1940s
    Collection in Switzerland, in 1976
    To 1998
    Momtaz Islamic Art, London, to 1998
    From 1998
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Momtaz Islamic Art in 1998
    [1] According to Curatorial Note 3 in the object record
    [2] See note 1.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Costume and Textile
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