A silk and metal-thread floral embroidered 'sofra bezi' table cover, Ottoman
- silk, metal-thread
For a similar example on a red wool ground from the Topkapi Palace Museum, see Rogers, J.M., ed., Costumes, Embroideries and other Textiles, The Topkapi Saray Museum, London/Boston, 1986, no.113. inv.no.31/228. For a tray cover (140cm. diameter), with circular scroll of flowering stems, and a separate band of the same motif as the border, against a dark brown satin ground, with the same use of ribbons scrolled around the stems, as seen in the present cover, and cited with reference to descriptions of such sumptuous cloths being presented when serving coffee, Krody, Sumru Belger, Flowers of Silk and Gold, Four Centuries of Ottoman Embroidery, The Textile Museum, Washington, 2000, cat.no.41, pp.82&143.