Samplers were used throughout the world as a way to practice embroidery skills. Many embroidery designs are passed down from generation to generation through copying older pieces. Moroccan samplers were produced by urban upper class girls that were taught the skill by women of Andalusian origins. They typically have the designs organized in a linear fashion, and unlike European samplers, they are not signed by their makers.
The colors and design motifs used indicate this piece is from Salé. Polychromatic silk threads are embroidered on a linen ground.
Circa: 18th Century
Material: Silk Embroidery on Linen, backed with Linen
Condition: Some tears and some parts missing, Lined with cotton backing, fair condition
Inventory number: TX5065