This textile is an even weave linen, embroidered in dark blue cotton. It is 12.5 cm high and 11.5 cm wide and thought to have been made between the 10th and 15th centuries. It is currently in the Ashmolean Museum.
I have charted up the design, as well as attempt to embroider it. The chart is available for download in pdf format-
Let me know how it works out!
This textile was thought to have been made between the 10th-15th centuries. The textile is a plain weave linen embroidered in dark blue silk. The chequering is done with fylfots. The textile is 21.5 cm high by 13 cm wide and is currently in the Ashmolean Museum.
The design has been charted & is available as a pdf document-
The timeline given covers Egyptian history from the Abbasid Caliphate to the Mamluks. I personally think that the textile is Mamluk, but I am happy to be corrected. In the textile itself, only a few times are the fylfots reversed. The chart reflects this.
This Sasanian ewer was made between the 6th and 7th century, made from silver with mercury gilding and is 34 cm high. It has four dancing female figures on it, as well as pillars, birds, flowers and panthers. The four dancers are thought to be based on Dionysus mythology, as they hold grapes, heart shaped flowers and drinking vessels. The item is currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This vase was also made between the 6th to 7th century, is silver partially gilded with gold and is 13.9 cm high. There are also four dancers embossed on the vase, linked with scarves. The dancers are naked except for hair decoration, necklaces and anklets. The dancers could be from the cult of Anahita, possibly personifications of the seasons. The vase was sold by Pierre Berge & Associates for 74000 €.
The Technical Examination of Two Sasanian Silver Plates by W. T. Chase. JStor article.
A Sasanian Silver Dish by M. S. Dimand. JStor article.
From Byzantium to Sasanian Iran and the Islamic World by Richard Ettinghausen. Via Google Books.
Lions, Silks and Silver: The Influence of Sasanian Persia by Heleanor Feltham. PDF document via the University of New South Wales.
Silver Vessels of the Sasanian Period: Royal imagery by Prudence Oliver Harper. Via Google Books.
The Mysteries of Mithras: The Pagan Belief That Shaped the Christian World edited by Payam Nabarz. Via Google Books.
This textile was made in Egypt between the 10th and 15th centuries. It is 13.5cm long and 9cm wide. The textile is linen embroidered with blue silk. The textile is in the Ashmolean Museum.
I have charted up the design and it is quite reminiscent of the design seen in the post “Another charted design”.
Let me know how the chart works!
This textile is a plain weave linen embroidered in brown silk. The seams have been sewn with flax. The size is 29 x 11 cm and is to be a yoke around the neck on a tunic. The design of the embroidery are vines, leaves and scroll work done in split stitch. It is currently at the Ashmolean Museum.
This textile is also an embroidered linen yoke. However, it is pattern darned in pink and brown cotton going across the textile. The size is 36.5 x 32.5 cm. It is in the Ashmolean Museum.
This textile is linen, embroidered in undyed & beige silk in interlacing stars and rosettes. It is lined with linen. The textile can be found in the Ashmolean Museum.
Detail of the embroidery- I am unsure of the stitch used. The Museum has described this textile as being from a sleeve but the shape is similar to salwar (as can be seen in the previous post Mamluk salwar). Please let me know what you think of the textile.
This textile is 23 x 20 cm, linen embroidered in dark blue silk for the double running stitch, with light green and brown silk in the encroaching gobelin stitch. It is currently in the Ashmolean Museum.
I personally think that the stitch used to fill in the green and brown is gobelin, while the Museum calls it a “slanted counted filling stitch”. Here is a detail of one of the green sections- I am happy to be corrected.
The chart is a pdf document-
Let me know how the embroidery goes!
This textile comes from Spain, during the reign of the Nasrid dynasty in the 13th century. This textile is 7.6 cm high and 12.1 cm wide. It is silk, in a lampas weave, with gilt silk thread. It came from the vestment robes of the followers of St. Valerius and probably worn on January 22nd, the Feast day of St Valerius. The textile is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This textile is from 13th century Spain, also silk lampas with gilt silk thread. It is 10.3 cm high and 10.8 cm wide. The textile features tambourine players wearing clothes with geometric designs. This textile piece was found with other textile fragments in a 13th century manuscript in the cathedral of Vich. This textile can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This textile is a 14th century Nasrid textile, also silk weave lampas with gilt silk thread. It is 11.4 cm high and 8.9 cm wide. The design of a geometric floral/star theme that is common in Nasrid textiles, illuminations, wood work, book binding and stucco work. This textile is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Western Islamic Art by Don Aanavi. JStor article.
Nasrid plasterwork: symbolism, materials & techniques by Victor Borges. V&A Conservation Journal, Autumn 2004 Issue 48.
Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art edited by Maryam Ekhtiar. Via Google Books.
Islamic tilings of the Alhambra Palace: teaching the beauty of mathematics by Raymond F. Tennant. Via Medievalist.net.
Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art by the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.
Islamic Art and Geometric Design by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. PDF format.
Plant motifs in Islamic art by the V&A Teachers’ Resource Guide.
Maths and Islamic art & design by the V&A Teachers’ Resource Guide.