Textile

Turkish
18th century


Dimensions

52 x 82 cm (20 1/2 x 32 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

07.835

Medium or Technique

Silk brocade

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Inscription in Arabic and design to give the effect of letters, in dark blue on a light tan ground. “Al-Fatiha” = the beginning or opening. Translated by I. E. Ul Khouri. This piece is very old and fine, but was in all probability made by a European, who did not understand Arabic and who finished the inscription with decorative forms. Al-Fatiha means the opening of a book, such as the first chapter of the Koran. Genesis is the Al-Fatiha of the bible. I.E. Ul Khouri, Jan.28, 1908.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection