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Embroideries and Samplers from Islamic Egypt

A selection of 10th to 16th century embroideries from the Newberry collection at the Ashmolean by Marianne Ellis (published Oxford, 2001).

Embroideries and Samplers from Islamic Egypt by Marianne Ellis

Further reading


Esin Atil, Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1981.

Solomon D.Goitein, A Mediterranean Society, vol. IV: Daily Life, University of California Press, 1983.

Robert Hillenbrand, Islamic Art and Architecture, Thames and Hudson, 1991.

Robert Irwin, Islamic Art, Calmann and King Ltd, 1997.



Patricia L. Baker, Islamic Textiles, British Museum Press, 1995.

Nancy Britton, A Study of Some Early Islamic Textiles, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, 1938.

Nancy Britton, 'Pre-Mameluke tiraz in the Newberry collection', Ars lslamica, 9, 1942, pp. 158-166.

Geneva, Musée d’Art et d’histoire, Tissus d’Egypte: Témoins du Monde Arabe VIIIe-XVe Siécles, exhibition catalogue, 1994.

Veronika Gervers, 'Rags to riches: medieval Islamic textiles', Rotunda, Royal Ontario Museum, 11.4, 1978-9, pp. 22-31.

Lisa Golombek and Veronika Gervers, ‘Tiraz fabrics in the Royal Ontario Museum’, Studies in Textile History, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 1977, pp. 82-126.

Ernst Kijhnel and Louise Bellinger, Catalogue of Dated Tiraz Fabrics: Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid, Textile Museum, Washington, DC, 1952.

Carl Johan Lamm, ‘Some Mamluk Embroideries’, Ars lslamica, 4, 1937, pp. 65-76.

Leo Mayer, Mamluk Costume: A Survey, Albert Kundig, Geneva, 1952.

Essie W.Newberry, ‘Embroideries from Egypt’, Embroidery, 8.1, 1940, pp. 11-18.

R.B.Sergeant, ‘Islamic Textiles’, Librairie du Liban, Beirut, 1972.

Mary Symonds and Louisa Preece, Needlework through the Ages, Hodder and Stoughton, 1928.


Embroidery stitches and techniques

Carolyn Ambuter, The Open Canvas, Penguin Books, 1982.

Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches, B.T.Batsford Ltd, 1920.

Pamela Clabburn, The Needleworker’s Dictionary, Macmillan, 1976.

Louisa Pesel, Stitches from Eastern Embroideries, Portfolio No. 2, Percy Lund, Humphries and Co. 1913.

Mary Thomas, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, Hodder and Stoughton, 1934.

Mary Thomas, Mary Thomas’s Embroidery Book, Hodder and Stoughton, 1936.


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