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Wall hanging with tulips, pomegranates, and serrated leaves

  • Description

    Ottoman interiors were comfortably furnished with carpets and cushions. Woven and embroidered textiles of different kinds were used for bedding and as throws, fireplace covers, cushion covers and wall hangings. These were folded and stored in cupboards fitted in the walls when not in use.

    Given its size, this large embroidered textile probably functioned as a wall hanging. It is made of three panels of undyed cotton embroidered with coloured silk threads. Embroidery enabled the craftsmen to create complex, multi-coloured patterns without having to weave them into the fabric.

    Tulips, pomegranates and elongated, serrated leaves are part of the Ottoman decorative repertoire and are found in ceramics as well as works on paper.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Turkey (place of creation)
    2nd half of the 16th century - 1st half of the 17th century
    Ottoman Period (1281 - 1924)
    Material and technique
    cotton, embroidered with coloured silk
    237 x 130 cm (warp x weft)
    Material index
    organicvegetalfibre cotton,
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    Credit line
    Purchased with the assistance of the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, 2007.
    Accession no.


    • Second floor | Room 35 | West Meets East

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