The present coverlet features a densely decorated border with pink and blue blossoms and a central flowering tree tied with ribbons in the stem and branches. This example stands out for the delicacy of its design and the saturated maroon of its underlying fabric, a colour not often seen in this kind of embroideries. Luxurious embroideries such as this one were purchased to adorn wealthy Ottoman houses. Hanging on the wall or as curtains, they would also be used to keep the houses warm in winter (H. Bilgi and I. Zanbak, Skill of the Hand, Delight of the Eye, Istanbul, 2012, p.24). This example in particular would have probably been laid on top of a bed.
For comparable examples sold recently at auction see Sotheby’s, London, 19 October 2016, lot 305; 24 April 2012, lot 305 and 8 October 2008, lot 339.