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Floral silk on a golden ground, Iran, about 1650. Silk, silver-metal thread; samit; 50.10 x 27.50 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art

Floral silk on a golden ground, Iran, about 1650. Silk, silver-metal thread; samit; 50.10 x 27.50 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art

Woven silk and gold Date  1200 - 1399 (made)  Artist/maker  Unknown (production) Physical description  Silk lampas: the warp has slight z-twist, the silver / gold metal z-wrapped on a silk core and the distinctive warp 'bundle' at the selvedges suggest Middle Eastern manufacture.

Woven silk and gold

Woven silk and gold Date 1200 - 1399 (made) Artist/maker Unknown (production) Physical description Silk lampas: the warp has slight z-twist, the silver / gold metal z-wrapped on a silk core and the distinctive warp 'bundle' at the selvedges suggest Middle Eastern manufacture.

Textile with Animals Date: late 13th–early 14th century Geography: Made in Lucca, Italy Culture: Italian Medium: Silk, gold thread Accession Number: 31.69

Textile with Animals Date: late 13th–early 14th century Geography: Made in Lucca, Italy Culture: Italian Medium: Silk, gold thread Accession Number: 31.69

Textile fragment 14th–15th century  68 x 21 cm, Textile fragment with gold ground, gold weft (gilded skin wound on yellow silk, worn and tarnished) covering red silk warp; design of arabesques forming rows of arches woven with green, blue, and white silk weft and red warp (satin). The white silk has largely disappeared.

Textile fragment 14th–15th century 68 x 21 cm, Textile fragment with gold ground, gold weft (gilded skin wound on yellow silk, worn and tarnished) covering red silk warp; design of arabesques forming rows of arches woven with green, blue, and white silk weft and red warp (satin). The white silk has largely disappeared.

Slightly wavy vertical vines with flowers - especially tulips and carnations - are also popular. The famous Ottoman fabrics were made chiefly of silk, and were constructed in a variety of complex weaves, such as brocade, velvet and voided velvet, lampas, damask, and more.

Slightly wavy vertical vines with flowers - especially tulips and carnations - are also popular. The famous Ottoman fabrics were made chiefly of silk, and were constructed in a variety of complex weaves, such as brocade, velvet and voided velvet, lampas, damask, and more.

Silk panel with winged lions, Central Asian, probably 13th, Cleveland Art Museum | Flickr - Fotosharing!

Silk panel with winged lions, Central Asian, probably 13th, Cleveland Art Museum | Flickr - Fotosharing!

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