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Types of Egyptian Textile Decoration

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Changes in Decorative Styles of Textiles

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basmala

an Islamic phrase meaning "In the Name of God" and is spoken at the beginning of all good things

Islam

the name of a religion that is centered on the Qur'an, the word of God as passed through the Prophet Muhammad

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.

medallion

a painting or an engraving set in an oval or circular frame

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Linen Fragment with Ducks on Medallions
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The linen fragment with embroidery in multicolored silk thread is decorated with six-sided medallions, each containing a standing duck with a ribbon tied to its head. In between the medallions are floral designs. This band of floral designs is surrounded by two narrow bands decorated with pearl dots.

At the top and bottom of the textile fragment are Kufic inscriptions beginning with the basmala, a basic Islamic invocation found in the first verse of the Qur'an, executed in red thin thread.

Dimensions:  Length 103 cm  Width 50 cm

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Culture:

Islamic

Technique:

Handwoven

Style:

Fatimid

Materials:

Flax
Type Type

Type:

Flax
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Location: 

Museum of Islamic Art
Timeline Timeline

Created: 

11th Century AD
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Crafts
Textiles
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Museum of Islamic Art
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Linen Napkin with Embroidered Silk Bands
Linen Napkin with Embroidered Silk Bands

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