Ottoman pillow cover



Ottoman pillow cover
Cartouches with alternating inverted Persian lettering: mobarak bad (good luck), sa‘adat bad (prosperity). Wealthy Ottomans have a particular liking for pillow covers (yastık) of silk velour (çatma). Bursa, located to the south of Istanbul, is the centre of silk velvet weaving from the 15th until the 17th century. Locally produced silk velvet textiles stitched with gold and silver threads are also popular in Europe. When the Austrian Commercial Museum mounts the first international exhibition of oriental carpets in 1891, historic silk velvet brocades from Bursa are amongst the most important objects displayed.

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Ottoman pillow cover


late 16th/ early 17th century

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Silk, cotton, silver threads


B 61,5 cm × H. 122,5 cm

Cultural Patronage

Cultural Patronage

Das Weltmuseum Wien dankt herzlich Mag. Monika & Dr. André Alvarado-Dupuy für die übernommene Kulturpatenschaft.