19th C. Ottoman Snuff Handkerchief

A loosely woven linen handkerchief probably introduced to the Ottomans from Byzantium. This double sided textile was created for use as a snuff handkerchief. The ground material is decorated in resist dye technique with red and blue green spheres in a diagonal over all design. The process is similar to batik.
The dark black or brown ground indicates that it was made as a snuff handkerchief so that it would not show the snuff stains.
The border pattern on the two ends have been over-embroidered with a wonderful metal and silk floral motif.

Circa: 19thc

Origin: Turkey

Material: Linen with metal thread and silk embroidery

Condition: Excellent

Dimensions: 33" x 21"

Inventory number: TX4728



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