This embroidery is from Egypt, although the Ashmolean Museum has the dates of construction between 10th to 15th century. It is linen embroidered with dark blue flax, 15.5 long and 13 cm wide. The “trees” have three different ovals, but not enough of the embroidery survives to see if a pattern developed.
I have charted up the pattern, which is available as a pdf-
There is a similar embroidery in the Victoria & Albert Museum-
This is the top embroidery, which is linen embroidered with dark blue silk and a twisted linen fringe. The “trees” have a slightly different design but the same oval designs as the embroidery in the Ashmolean Museum. The medallions are of the same dimensions but a slightly different filling design. The V&A Museum also give the dates of 1250-1516 C.E.
The pattern is available to download as a pdf document-
I have not charted up the bottom pattern darning embroidery, but will be doing it soon. Let me know how the embroidery goes!
This Egyptian textile is plain woven linen embroidered with dark blue silk. At the top of the textile there is a rolled hem. It is 25 cm long and 24.5 cm wide. Thought to have been made between the 10th-15th century, it is possible that it is an end of a sash. The textile is in the Ashmolean Museum.
I have charted the design and it can be downloaded as a pdf-
Please let me know how the embroidery goes!
This wooden comb was thought to have been made in Spain between 1400-1450 C.E. It is pierced boxwood with inlays of silver done in the style of mosaics. This is typical of Nasrid woodwork and it called taracea in Spanish. It is 24.1 cm long. It is in the V & A Museum.
This comb was thought be be from the 14th century and was found in Egypt. It is stamped and engraved with a zigzag and holes. There is Arabic on the end, but no translation is on the Qantara site.
This comb is thought to have been made between the 13th and 14th century in Egypt. It is carved with zigzags, circles and an Arabic inscription “firm power”. It is 5.2 cm high and 8.3 cm wide. It is currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This wooden comb is carved, decorated with joined circles and two Arabic inscriptions “Everlasting Glory” and “and Prosperity”. It is 7.7 cm high and 7.6 cm wide. It is currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Baths and Bathing Culture in the Middle East: The Hammam on the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.
This ivory is an Egyptian ivory made in the 14th century. On the full size carving are three figures, the first carrying a Greek cross-
The second figure is a crowned man with a sword-
The third figure is of an acolyte, carrying a censor and a cross-
The last figure is a man in a turban and a wine flask-
When written up in Ernst Kühnel‘s book ‘Die Islamischen Elfenbeinskulpturen’, the ivory was thought to have been made in the 12th century in Italy, Spain or Sicily. A review of the book can be found in JStor.
The ivory is in the British Museum.
Die islamischen Elfenbeinskulpturen by Ernst Kühnel. Via Google Books.
Muqarnas, Volume 16: An Annual on the Visual Culture of the Islamic World edited by Gülru Necipoğlu. Via Google Books.
The Oliphant: Islamic Objects in Historical Context by Avînoʻam Šālēm. Via Google Books.
This is a song by Walther von der Vogelweide called Palästinalied.
This version was performed by Arany Zoltán.
This textile is an Egyptian linen embroidered in blue flax. It is 13 cm wide and 8 cm high with a rolled hem at the top of the textile. The narrow embroidery band on the left is 0.5 cm wide and the larger embroidery is 7.7 cm wide. The embroidery was to the very edge of the textile and is in the rolled hem.
The textile is in the Ashmolean Museum. It is thought to have been made between the 10th and 15th centuries.
I have charted up the embroidery design and it can be downloaded in pdf format-
Let me know how it goes!
This is a sampler with pattern darning, double running stitch and counted satin stitch. Made between the 14th and 15th century in Mamluk controlled Egypt, it is linen embroidered in silk, 14 cm by 27.4 cm. It is thought to have been a professional embroiderer’s sampler, possibly to show clients the work and design the embroiderer did. The sampler is in the Walters Art Museum.
There are twelve unique embroidery designs on this sampler. I have charted up this sampler, with the files available in pdf format.
The first three patterns are all pattern darning.
The forth design is a mix of counted satin stitch, double running stitch and pattern darning.
The fifth to eighth design are all pattern darning.
Pattern nine and ten are a blackwork design. I have completed pattern nine, which would be reversible.
Pattern eleven is the first Egyptian blackwork I have seen that would not be reversible (in my opinion).
I have only done one of the two reversed pattern darning designs for pattern twelve. However, the other half of the design can be extrapolated from the chart.
Please let me know how you find the charts.