Explore the CollectionTowel

57cm x 44cm including fringe
Place of Origin
Historical Period/Date
19th Century (1800-1829 Early)/c1800
Registration Number
Metal Thread Embroidery,
Bath Linen,Ceremonial Textiles,Towels,

Physical Description

One half of a Turkish towel of hand-woven cotton and linen with gold, silver and silk embroidery. The design consists of three motifs across the end of the towel, a central tree of life flanked by boteh shaped leaf motifs and flowers. Worked in double darning and satin stitches. There is a narrow border of geometric satin stitch in silver and gold. It is finished with a fringe made by twisting the warp ends in groups of four. The towel is possibly from Bursa and the inclusion of the tree of life suggests that this may be a wedding towel.

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