Flowers of Silk and Gold: Four Centuries of Ottoman Embroidery

The Ottoman Empire spanned seven centuries and preceded modern Turkey. At its height the Empire extended over three continents. Ottoman art, including embroidered textiles, reflects both the abundance and wealth of the Empire. Embroidery was practiced by much of the population. Textiles were an integral part of daily life. Produced for both household functions and as garments these textiles took on luxurious appeal through the unique designs created with shimmering silk and glistening metallic embroidery.

This website allows The Textile Museum's exhibition Flowers of Silk and Gold: Four Centuries of Ottoman Embroidery, which was at the Museum from February 18 to July 30, 2000, to continue to delight and enrich "virtual" visitors.

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