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Fragmentary Silk Velvet with Repeating Tiger-stripe and 'Chintamani' Design
Object Name: Fragment
Date: second half 15th century
Geography: Turkey, Bursa
Culture: Islamic
Medium: Silk, metal wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet (šatma), brocaded
Dimensions: Textile: H. 29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm) W. 28 in. (71.1 cm) Mount: H. 31 1/2 in. (80 cm) W. 30 11/16 in. (78 cm)
Classification: Textiles
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number: 08.109.23

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This early example of šintemani silk velvet incorporates the triangular formation of three circles alternating with two wavy bands. The pile in these luxurious textiles is created by the warp threads, which are looped during the weaving process and later sheared to create the plush surface. Polychromatic designs were created by alternating two or more warps in contrasting colors, and brocaded with metal-wrapped weft threads creating the "voided" ground in the design.