Tiraz textile fragment - ROM2014_13931_32


Tiraz textile fragment

Medium:Glazed mulham, woodblock-printed ink kufic inscription, gold leaf laid down within the black outlines
Geography: Made in Iran, used in Egypt
Date: 900-999
Period: Abbasid Dynasty
18.3 x 37 cm; Mount dimensions (plexi): L=22.2 x W= 47.8 cm
Object number: 963.95.3
Not on view

Mulham is a particularly fine tightly-woven fabric with a silk warp and cotton weft. It was considered luxurious, as it was a half silk. Mulham was mentioned by contemporary historians as a product of the cities of Merv, Khurasan, and Isfahan. The words “There is no God but God” was printed in black ink, repeated five times. The printing block was not carefully aligned while making the repetition. Gold leaf was then laid down within the black outlines.

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