Textile fragment from a scarf or girdle end with hearts

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    Three horizontal bands of heart-shaped motifs arranged alternately; each band has a narrow border of diamond pattern.

    There are two finely rolled hems. The fragment probably was a sash.

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

    Here a band with heart-shaped motifs and lattice borders has been embroidered on an item of dress. It is the central one of three bands arranged across a scarf or girdle end and worked in both split stitch and a variation that produces jagged lines as seen on fragment No. 43 [EA1993.230]. The heart shape was a popular subject for decorating textiles in Egypt over a long period and can already be seen on colourful Coptic tapestry-woven textiles from as early as the 6th century.

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

Further reading

Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, p. 190 (vol. iv), vol. iv p. 190

Ellis, Marianne, Embroideries and Samplers from Islamic Egypt (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, in association with Greenville: Curious Works Press, 2001), no. 44 on p. 65, illus. p. 65

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