Textile fragment with squares and interlacing knots

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    A wide band is completely filled with a continuous design of squares linked by an interlace knot or spiral. Each square contains a diamond with four hook motifs attached. A single knot or spiral is at the centre of the star-shaped space between the linked grid.

    Along both sides of the band is a hem. The fragment may have been a sash or turban cover.

    In: Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum

    This detail is one of a number of fascinating geometric patterns embroidered entirely in double running stitch; the shapes can be read either as eight-pointed stars or linked squares and diamonds. All are worked on fragments and it is impossible to know what kind of textile the embroidery once decorated. This pattern travelled to Europe, and a version of it was subsequently published by Johann Sibmacher in 1601 as a pattern for a border or rug. The details have been changed slightly and the charming little rosettes omitted, but the essential lines of the pattern remain.

    In: Ellis, Marianne, Embroideries and Samplers from Islamic Egypt (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, in association with Greenville: Curious Works Press, 2001)

Further reading

Ellis, Marianne, Embroideries and Samplers from Islamic Egypt (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, in association with Greenville: Curious Works Press, 2001), no. 32 on p. 50, illus. p. 50

Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, vol. iii, vol. i

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