Fragment of velvet with rows of offset circles in creamy off-white on a deep red velvet pile ground. Each circle contains a medallion near its base, encircled by flowering hyacinth branches. Each medallion contains a pearl near its base, encircled by a carnation and tulip on a vine. Trefoil patterns in the interstices. A border at the bottom shows carnations (upside down) enclosed in shield-shaped tabs. In red, off-white and gold with touches of pale green.


  • Title: Textile
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Location Created: Turkey
  • Original Source: See this work of art on the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum website
  • Medium: Medium: silk, cotton, metallic yarns Technique: supplementary warp pile (velvet) with two sets of supplementary warps (red and blue) in a five-harness satin foundation, with discontinuous supplementary wefts patterning (brocade) bound in 1/4 twill Label: silk velvet with metallic brocade
  • Credit line: Gift of Eleanor M. Delanoy

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