Woven, Hammered, and Thrown: Textiles and Objects from the Islamic World

, Harvard University Art Museums
  • Prayer Carpet

    Prayer Carpet

    Prayer carpet with red field, two amulets, bottom of side borders not resolved. Two amulet motifs. Warps: 2 Z spun S plied undyed ivory wool; warps on one level. Wefts: 1 Z spun yarn, in 1 + 1 construction in red and darker red wool. Pile: 2 Z spun S plied wool. Pile colors: red, light orange, yellow, blue-green, blue, purple, undyed ivory, black/brown (corrosive). Knots: symmetrical. 34 knots per vertical decimeter; 35 knots per horizontal decimeter; 1190 knots per square decimeter. Both selvedges: 4 flat bundles of 2 warps each wrapped in red weft wool. Top: 3/5 cm. of tapestry weave with approximately 1 cm. right to left flat transverse warp braid. Bottom: 1.5 cm. red tapestry weave, stripped.

  • Carpet

    Carpet

  • Lacquer Pen Box

    Lacquer Pen Box

  • Ceiling Facet

    Ceiling Facet

  • Velvet Fragment with Floral Design

    Velvet Fragment with Floral Design

  • Tile Panel with Decoration of Composite Flowers and Serrated Leaves

    Tile Panel with Decoration of Composite Flowers and Serrated Leaves

  • Tile with Arabesque Medallions

    Tile with Arabesque Medallions

    ...By its unusual shape, ...this small tile can be determined to have been part of either a conical baldachin over a minbar (pulpit), or...of a half-conical covering of a Turkish fireplace. The pattern is drawn lightly in black on the white slip, while the colors are the familiar tomato red of the seventies and eighties, and a ver bright, light, turquoise. entered by sb02/04/03.

  • Kubachi Plate with Figure and Plants

    Kubachi Plate with Figure and Plants

  • Ewer with Chinese-style Bird and Flower Decoration

    Ewer with Chinese-style Bird and Flower Decoration

  • Pen box with scenes from Nizami's tale of Bahram Gur and the Seven Princesses

    Pen box with scenes from Nizami's tale of Bahram Gur and the Seven Princesses

    Cover and sliding compartment with rounded ends. The top is decorated in horizontal format with three tri-lobed cartouches alternating with two oval medallions. The tri-lobed cartouches contain figural vignettes, and the oval medallions contain female portrait busts. The sides are similarly composed, with a central portrait medallion flanked by tri-lobed cartouches. The seven cartouches each contain a vignette of the Sasanian king Bahram Gur being entertained by one of the seven princesses whom he visits sequentially in the 12th century Persian poem Haft paykar (Seven Beauties) by Nizami. Inscriptions in small oblong panels identify each princess by the color of her pavilion. The base is painted with a gold arabesque on a red ground.

  • Octagonal tile panel with split-palmettes, compound flowers, and leaves

    Octagonal tile panel with split-palmettes, compound flowers, and leaves

    This very large tile shows certain modifications in color which suggest a date around 1600. The tomato red is darker, and the dark blue drawing in the leaves begins to predominate over the areas of light blue glaze. Lines, rather than masses of color, delineate the various forms. This tile was probably not a wall ornament, it's shape prohibited its use with similar tiles in a continuous pattern, while the border emphasizes the individual tile. It may have formed part of a table ornament of some sort, or indeed may have constituted the top of a small table.

  • Prayer Carpet

    Prayer Carpet

    Marasali Prayer Rug. Deep blue field with horizontal rows of variously colored botehs forming diagonals by type and ornament, surrounded by reciprocal palisade in red and blue. Three guard borders of five petaled flowers, white ground outer main border with bunches of grapes; yellow ground inner main border with fruits. Around the niche area, an incomplete human form, 2 ewers (ibrik), a piece of jewelry or a comb, and a date,1908, repeated 3 times. Warp: 2 S plied Z spun white undyed wool on one level. Weft: 1 Z spun yarn in 2 shoots, or occasionally in 2 parallel + 1 construction. Pile: 3, or occasionally 2 (depending on color), S plied Z spun. Pile color: 2 + 3 ply red, 3 ply green, 3 ply yellow, 2 ply green; all 3 ply: dark crimson red, dull medium red, very dark purple red, dark navy blue, medium blue, medium green, light green, dark yellow, very pale yellow, slightly corrosive brown, white, light brown wool; small areas of undyed and dark red silk. Both selvedges: 2 warps wrapped in magenta silk or shiny (mercerized?) cotton. Top: 1/2 cm. blue countered soumak brocade, 2 cm. tapestry weave, stripped, 1 1/2 cm. knot lace. Bottom: 1 cm. knot lace based on 4 warps, 1 cm. left to right countered soumak in brown, dark yellow, and red.

  • Tile with 'Saz' leaf spiral and lotus

    Tile with 'Saz' leaf spiral and lotus

  • Dish with foliate rim and grape cluster design

    Dish with foliate rim and grape cluster design

    This large Ottoman Iznik dish testifies to the influence of Chinese porcelains on Ottoman pottery. Chinese wares reached Ottoman lands from the early fifteenth-century onwards through trade, gift exchange, and booty. Here, while the common design of three bunches of grapes and vine leaves and the foliated rim of the dish remain true to Chinese models, the loose and spontaneous arrangement of the motifs clearly differentiates it from its prototypes. The intermixing of the early fifteenth-century Ming-dynasty (1368-1644) grape motif and the Yuan-dynasty (1279-1368) wave-and-rock border pattern, as well as the addition of turquoise to the traditional blue-and-white color palette, also attest to the artistic license used by Iznik artisans. Still, Iznik blue-and-white ceramic wares could not aspire to the quality of their porcelain counterparts. While dishes such as this one were most likely used for eating and serving food in the daily lives of the wealthy, Chinese porcelains were the sultan’s wares of choice at the Ottoman court.

  • Tile with cloud band and spiraling 'Saz'-tendril pattern

    Tile with cloud band and spiraling 'Saz'-tendril pattern

    This tile was originally square, ten inches on a side, but was cut down to form a border eight inches wide, probably in the apartments of Murad III.The tile formed, in its original square form, part of a continuous pattern utilizing four floral rosettes, two curved leaf forms with flowers upon them, and a cloud or dragon motif in bright red, which curled through the center and corners of each square. The glazes are thickly applied within a thin black outlining on the slip.

  • Carpet

    Carpet

    Warp: 2 Z spun S plied undyed ivory and brown wool, sometimes plied together, sometimes alternating, on one level. Weft: 1 Z spun yarn; 2-4 yarns per shot; some eccentric wefting to prevent creasing. Pile: 2 Z spun S plied. Pile color: light red, dark red, yellow, green, blue (heavily abrashed), purple, undyed ivory, corrosive black/brown. Knots: symmetrical. Knots per vertical decimeter: 30-33. Knots per horizontal decimeter: 30. Knots per square decimeter: 900-990. Both selvedges: flat, red wefts over 4 bundles of 2 warps each. Top: approx. 3 cm. tapestry weave, stripped. Bottom: 1 1/2 cm. tapestry weave, stripped.

  • Qalamdan (Pencase)

    Qalamdan (Pencase)

  • Pen Box with Three Reed Pens and Inkwell

    Pen Box with Three Reed Pens and Inkwell

  • Fragment of a Velvet Yastik (cushion cover)

    Fragment of a Velvet Yastik (cushion cover)

  • Prayer Carpet
  • Carpet
  • Lacquer Pen Box
  • Ceiling Facet
  • Velvet Fragment with Floral Design
  • Tile Panel with Decoration of Composite Flowers and Serrated Leaves
  • Tile with Arabesque Medallions
  • Kubachi Plate with Figure and Plants
  • Ewer with Chinese-style Bird and Flower Decoration
  • Pen box with scenes from Nizami's tale of Bahram Gur and the Seven Princesses
  • Octagonal tile panel with split-palmettes, compound flowers, and leaves
  • Prayer Carpet
  • Tile with 'Saz' leaf spiral and lotus
  • Dish with foliate rim and grape cluster design
  • Tile with cloud band and spiraling 'Saz'-tendril pattern
  • Carpet
  • Qalamdan (Pencase)
  • Pen Box with Three Reed Pens and Inkwell
  • Fragment of a Velvet Yastik (cushion cover)
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