Ottoman Embroidery Fragment

This Ottoman embroidery fragment was made in the 18th century, likely as a napkin or towel border. Tulips were a popular motif in the Ottoman Empire. They grow wildly in Anatolia, and though for a time they were supplanted in popularity by the rose, Sultan Mehmed IV (r. 1648-1686) followed by his son, Sultan Ahmed III (r. 1703-1730),┬ácelebrated this flower. Sultan Ahmed III loved tulips so much that his reign became known as the Lale Devri, the ‘tulip era.’

Circa: 18th century

Origin: Ottoman Empire

Material: silk on linen

Condition: Good

Dimensions: 15" x 3.5"

Inventory number: TX4476



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