Lampas-woven textile with tulips, silk and silver lamella. Turkey; 2nd half of 16th century. Large, stylized tulips make it a fine example of the highly original and magnificent patterns that were designed in the Ottoman court studios. So much gold and silver thread was used for certain textiles that the sultans prohibited their production for periods, since they drained the reserves of precious metals.
Sidewall, 1930–40. Morris & Co. .1930–40. Very dense pattern of tulips and lilies, with foliage. Printed in pink, green, blue and white on green ground. Block-printed on paper. Gift of Anonymous Donor.