Flowers of Silk and Gold
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The interior decoration of the Ottoman house was simple. The main rooms of the haremlik (women's quarters) (as seen in this illustration) were surrounded on three sides by divans (couches) raised about a foot from the ground. Cushions rested against the wall or were scattered at intervals along the divans. Gaily embroidered with gold and colored silk threads depicting flowers these textiles created a garden inside the house. The floor was covered with mats or carpets. Whoever entered the family rooms was required to remove his or her shoes and put on slippers.

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18th century engraving from Ignatius Mouradgea d'Ohsson's book Tableau general de l'Empire othoman.

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