Tiraz textile fragment (qasab) - ROM2014_13931_29


Tiraz textile fragment (qasab)

Medium:Linen tabby with silk and gold tapestry
Geography: Egypt
Date: 11th century
Period: Fatimid Dynasty
12.6 x 39.8 cm; Mounted Dimensions:L=18cm W= 43cm
Object number: 963.95.14
Not on view

Delicate tendrils sprout from the gold inscription of this once rich textile. Not enough remains of this fragment to allow a reading of the tiraz protocol.

Tiraz textiles with gold leaf (called qasab) have tapestry decoration in silk and gold and represent expensive, luxury fabrics. Gold could only be obtained through the government monopoly, so these beautiful textiles must have been made for the royal household or the aristocracy. Most do not bear the name of the ruler or date. The inscriptions are barely legible and are meant simply to convey good wishes on the owner.

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