Tiraz textile fragment - ROM2014_14244_20

ROM2014_14244_20

Tiraz textile fragment

Medium:Linen tabby with silk tapestry inscription
Geography: Egypt
Date: 975-997
Period: Fatimid dynasty, perhaps reign of al-Aziz
Dimensions:
40.2 x 34 cm; Mount Dimensions:L=47cm W=42 cm
Object number: 978.76.158
Credit Line: Abemayor Collection given in memory of Dr. Veronika Gervers, Associate Curator, Textile Department (1968-1979) by Albert and Federico Friedberg. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestée par la Commission canadienne d'examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
Not on view
DescriptionThe style of the tapestry weave of this tiraz fragment seems to indicate that this example might copy pieces woven in gold filé. Tapestry woven fabrics with gold and gilt filé (kasab) were among the most costly textiles of Egypt during the Medieval Islamic period. Kasab was frequently noted in contemporary sources from the 9th century onwards, though all known examples date from the 11th and 12th centuries. The bleached linen tabby round is loosely woven, rather fine although not the finest. At the top are free warp fringes and below, a plain silk band. There is also a tapestry-woven band ornamented with cartouches filled with stylized birds. In some distance from these, there is a very stylized band of tapestry-woven inscription worked mainly with yellow silk.
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