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Types of Egyptian Textile Decoration

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Changes in Decorative Styles of Textiles

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caliph

a successor of the Prophet Muhammad and head of the Islamic community; traditionally always male

embroidered

Ornamented with needlework into fabric.

Fatimid

Islamic Shi'ite dynasty that ruled Egypt AD 969-1171

Kufi

Arabic script used extensively in early Islamic times which has specific proportional measurements, along with pronounced angularity and squareness; the name comes from the Iraqi city of Kufa.

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Linen Napkin with Embroidered Silk Bands
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The linen napkin has two silk strips at the sides embroidered with chain stitching. The upper band has a floral rinceau, which is a scrolling plant pattern, and a second wider band of birds that resemble doves holding a branch in their beaks. There is a band that goes behind their necks.

This band is flanked by a red Kufic inscription bearing the name of the Fatimid Caliph al-Aziz Billah, who died in AH 386 (AD 996). The colors of the vertical band are yellow, white, and black.

Dimensions:  Length 40 cm  Width 40 cm

Attributes Attributes

Culture:

Islamic

Technique:

Embroidery

Style:

Fatimid

Materials:

Flax
  Silk
Type Type

Type:

Flax
Map Map

Location: 

Museum of Islamic Art
Timeline Timeline

Created: 

10th Century AD
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Arts and Crafts
Crafts
Textiles
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Museum of Islamic Art
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Linen Fragment with Ducks on Medallions
Linen Fragment with Ducks on Medallions

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