Possible turban cloth or sash

ashmoleanlinkedquatrefoilssash This textile was thought to have been made in Egypt between the 10th-15th century C.E. It is linen embroidered with blue silk and metal wrapped with silver. The textile also has three rolled hems with silk. It is thought to be either a sash or a turban cloth.

The textile is in the Ashmolean Museum.

I have charted up the embroidery and it is available for download as a pdf document.

ashmoleanlinkdquatrefoilssash (pdf)

Let me know how your embroidery goes.

A diagonal embroidery with vines and hooks

vinesandhooks This textile was made between the 10th-15th centuries in Egypt. It is linen embroidered in blue flax. The size is 38 cm by 20 cm. The item is currently in the research collection of the Ashmolean Museum.

I have charted up the design, which can be downloaded as a pdf document-
vinesandhooks (PDF)
Let me know how the embroidery goes!

An embroidered Mamluk shawl

vandamamlukshawl This textile is from Egypt, made between 1250-1516 C.E. during the Mamluk Sultanate. It is a linen shawl, embroidered with silk in tree and bird motifs with tiraz at the bottom. The shawl is also tasseled. It is currently in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

I have charted it up, which can be downloaded as a pdf document-
vandamamlukshawl (pdf)

Please let me know how the chart goes!

Two similar embroideries

ashmoleantreesandmedallions 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-
ashmoleantreesandmedallions (pdf)

There is a similar embroidery in the Victoria & Albert Museum-
vandadouble 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-
vandatreesandmedallions (pdf)

I have not charted up the bottom pattern darning embroidery, but will be doing it soon. Let me know how the embroidery goes!

A blackwork with quatrefoils

ashmoleanquatrefoil 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-
ashmoleanquatrefoils (pdf)

Please let me know how the embroidery goes!

Wooden combs

15thcentvandacomb 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.

14thcentegyptiancomb 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.

13th14thcentcomb 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.

13thcentpaintedcomb

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.

Recommended reading
Baths and Bathing Culture in the Middle East: The Hammam on the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.

A 14th century Egyptian ivory

14thcentegyptianivory 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- 14thcentivory1stfig
The second figure is a crowned man with a sword- 14thcentivory2ndfig
The third figure is of an acolyte, carrying a censor and a cross- 14thcentivory3rdfig
The last figure is a man in a turban and a wine flask- 14thcentivory4thfig

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.

Recommended reading
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.

An interlocking zigzag embroidery

interlockingzigzagashmolean 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.
interlockingzigzaghem
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-
interlockingzigzag (pdf)

Let me know how it goes!

A new mixed embroidery sampler

walterssamplermamluk 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.
walterssamplerlayout
The first three patterns are all pattern darning.
walterssamplerpattern1 (pdf)
walterssamplerpattern2 (pdf)
walterssamplerpattern3 (pdf)

The forth design is a mix of counted satin stitch, double running stitch and pattern darning.
walterssamplerpattern4 (pdf)

The fifth to eighth design are all pattern darning.
walterssamplerpattern5 (pdf)
walterssamplerpattern6 (pdf)
walterssamplerpattern7 (pdf)
walterssamplerpattern8 (pdf)

Pattern nine and ten are a blackwork design. I have completed pattern nine, which would be reversible.
walterssamplerpattern9 (pdf)
walterssamplerpattern10 (pdf)

Pattern eleven is the first Egyptian blackwork I have seen that would not be reversible (in my opinion).
walterssamplerpattern11 (pdf)

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.
walterssamplerpattern12

Please let me know how you find the charts.

A diagonal embroidery with hooks

diagonalwithhooks 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-
diagonalwithhooks PDF

Let me know how it works out!