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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Fragment, 15th–16th century

type: Fragment

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Satin ground vertically striped in rose-red, orange-red, dark blue, green and white. A broad rosy-red stripe at left has a large-scale Arabic inscription in yellow (the fabric must be turned 90 degrees in order to read the Islamic inscription). The central white stripe has geometric knot-like design in red (so badly worn that design is almost indistinguishable); the dark blue stripe on the right has arabesques in yellow and red. Narrow white, green, and orange-red stripes border the wider stripes described above. No selvedge present.


John Pierpont Morgan