Textile fragment, possibly from a turban cloth


  • Title

    Textile fragment, possibly from a turban cloth

  • Associated place

    Egypt (find spot)
    Fustat (possible) (possible find spot)
    Near East (place of creation)
  • Date

    10th - 15th century AD
  • Material and technique

    two pieces of linen, one piece embroidered with blue, green, and yellow silk; plain piece with hems in flax; joined with flat seams in flax; pulled-thread openwork; twisted tassels

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    including fringe 26.5 x 10 cm max. (length x width)
    ground fabric (embroidered), along length/width 22 / 26 threads/cm (thread count)
    additional fabric (plain), along length/width 17 / 15 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric (embroidered) 0.05 cm (thread diameter)
    ground fabric (plain) 0.03 cm (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.03 cm (thread diameter)
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  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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  • Catalogue text

    A band of cartouches which contain remains of spirals and inscriptions. The spirals are embroidered in fine blue darning stitch, the inscription in green pattern darning, and the outline of the cartouches were pulled work with wrapping stitch in diagonal rows; the latter has virtually completely disappeared.

    The embroidery has virtually disappeared, although the prick marks make it still possible to follow the design. The embroidery band was sewn as a border to a coarser fabric that was hemmed along both sides, possibly for use as a turban cloth. The hems are rolled, and the seams are flat. The embroidered band has a fringe with tassels twisted in 2-ply.

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

Further reading

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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