Kos Bed Tent Panel
Bed tents, or sperveri, are peculiarly Dodecanese. They are constructed of numerous panels, mostly embroidered and they taper toward the top, with valances front top and bottom. Their purpose ,of course, is to shield from flying insects. The decoration is also uniquely Dodecanese, featuring rows, vertical and horizontal, of flower pots, or glastras, that are large, compact and contained. Rhodes and Kos, two of the bigger Dodecanese Islands, have similar bed tents, the difference mainly in the stitchwork which is heavy cross stitch in Rhodes and fine single darning stitch in Kos.
Circa: early 18th century
Origin: Kos, Greece
Material: silk embroidered linen
Condition: Some loss to embroidery, minor holes and stains, generally good
Dimensions: 91" x 17"
Inventory number: TX4075