Indian Bengal rumal for the Ottoman market • circa 1900 (105 x 95 cm)

£ 180.00

Such silk embroideries in chain chain stitch seem to have been made in quantity for the Ottoman market. From another piece it was possible to read in badly written Arabic script the word ﺣَﻠَﺐ ' Haleb ' ( Aleppo ) thus it is suspected that the trade was conducted by Arab traders within the Ottoman empire for such light and airy goods.

The chain stitch embroidery is done onto a ground that is mostly silk with cotton parts beneath to enliven the silk embroidered work in places. Yellow silk is characterful of Bengal export goods the earliest known being to Portugal in the 16th cent.  The piece here is lined with a cotton backing.

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