Judging by its shape and size this magnificent embroidery was intended to be a Yasik, or bolster cover. As it is in such fine condition one can assume it ended up fulfilling a different function.

Cotton rectangle worked along wide margin with eight bouquets of flowers tied with blue ribbons. All bouquets conforming to smaller rectangles and featuring blooming Fritillaria, a flower that originated in the Middle East.

The embroidery is extremely consistent, and the two-toned primary colors provide nice shading to the well-drawn and undulating design. Embroideries of such high quality were usually made by men in workshops in the cities of Bursa and Istanbul.

Circa: 19th century

Origin: Turkey, Ottoman Empire

Material: Silk embroidery on plain woven linen

Condition: Very good, minor stains at center

Dimensions: 22” x 41”

Inventory number: NS0001



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