Some Nasrid items

The Nasrid dynasty ruled the kingdom of Granada, the last of the Muslim kingdoms of Spain or the Al-Andalus. The jewel in the Nasrid crown is, of course, the Alhambra, but other items remain to be studied and enjoyed.

This is a silk textile, 102 x 36.3 cm in a lampas weave. Very similar to a tiraz band, there is black kufic script, which translates as “beatitude” while in the small cartouches, in nakshi script, reads “good luck and prosperity”. Currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This is a wool carpet, woven in the first half of the 15th century and is 3.10 x 1.69 m. Also found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This is a curving x-frame chair, 100 x 68.5 x 48cm. Made from hardwood, with silver and bone inlaid in geometric floral patterns and stars. The leather has been replaced though. Sold at Christies for £385,250 or $627,187.

If interested, this site shows how to make an x-frame chair.

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