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Turkish towel fragment

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Object Name Turkish towel fragment
Collection Goldsmith Textile Collection & Constance Howard Gallery: Object Collection
Date 19th century
Brief Physical Description The embroidered end cut from a Turkish towel. Four formal pendent flowers decorate the four corners of the design and two formal conical trees take the centre. Select this link for more description information.
Id Number Current Accession 3681
Location Creation Site Turkey
Subject embroidery, domestic textiles, Turkish towel, Ottoman embroidery, Turkish embroidery, Turks
Measurements Dimensions 290mm x 235mm
Content And Subject Information Floral motifs and gardens were very popular as subject matter with the embroiderers of Turkish domestic embroidery. According to David Black in his book ‘Islemeler Ottoman Domestic Embroideries' some animals, architecture and ponds were occasionally found.
Production Information Hand spinning and weaving produced professionally but the embroidery worked in a domestic situation by women. The embroiderers would purchase the cloth, woven to the size they needed for a cover, bolster, towel, napkin, ladies' trousers, handkerchief, scarf or sash.
Bibliographic References Black, David and Loveless, Clive. Islemeler: Ottoman Domestic Embroideries. London, David Black Oriental Carpets Limited: 1978. ISBN 0 9505018 2 4
Rights Goldsmiths College, University of London. Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles.



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