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An Ottoman embroidered panel, Turkey, 17th/18th century
embroidered in red, green, light blue, mauve, cream on yellow ground, the pattern with regular repetitions of the main design of scrolling vertical trail lattice, with detailed and individual floral elements within the medallions, further foliate motifs and trails within the lattice, mounted on later stretcher
156 by 36cm. approx.
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Catalogue Note

The 'ogival medallion' was one of the best known patterns for Turkish fabrics, variously interpreted in different technical methods. The woven kehma textiles are among the most striking examples of sixteenth century Ottoman textiles with this ogival medallion design, having been influenced by the fifteenth century Mamluk silk designs. The distinctive design template was used by other craftsmen for embroideries, tile panels, painted decoration and metalwork, and the resulting sixteenth century pieces were influential throughout the empire and beyond. 

For a comprehensive discussion and examples of ogival medallion designs, from sixteenth century fragments in museum collections, see Nevber Gürsu, The Art of Turkish Weaving, Designs through the Ages, Istanbul, 1988, Chp.V. The sixteenth century, pp.45-108, 'The ogival medallion pattern', pp.67-93, figs.48-51, 53-60, pp.75-77.

For further discussion of Ottoman fabrics and examples of Ottoman embroideries interpreting the ogival medallion designs, see C. Erber, A Wealth of Silk and Velvet, Bremen, 1993, The Embroidery, pp.25-33, figs, pp.194-279. For a general overview see R. Taylor, Ottoman Embroidery, London, 1993, pp.106-9.

Arts of the Islamic World including Fine Rugs and Carpets

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