Çintamani

Çintamani or Chintamani, is an ancient decoration. Çintamani is Sanskrit for wish fulfilling jewel, and on clothes and jewelry is represented by three dots placed together in a triangle. It has been used by the Etruscans, Romans and Greeks.

During the Ottoman Empire, however, the three circles represented Islam. Particularly when with crescents within the dots. They seem to be mostly appliqued on, or embroidered into the pattern.

It was also used in jewelry, illuminations, and architectural design!

Bibliography
The Green Man of Cercles is a large pdf document about Ancient Çintamani.
Çintamani Art Group.
Jstor article available for purchase.
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History showing a textile fragment from Anatolia.
Dar Anahita‘s article about Chintamani.
Saudi Aramco– The Skill of Two Hands by Caroline Stone.
Antiques Roadshow.

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