Description & Technical information

This portiere of deep red satin silk is embroidered with couched metal threads forming geometric patterns and calligrapy. Six portrait roundels are featured, embroidered in coloured floss silks with portraits of men. This is a rare example as it includes figures, something not usually found in Ottoman textiles.

Date:  19th century
Period:  19th century, 1750-1850, 1850-1900
Origin:  Turkey
Medium: Satin silk, Couched metal threads
Dimensions: 275 x 175 cm (108¹/₄ x 68⁷/₈ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art, Textiles