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Velvet with chintamani pattern, silk & metal lamella; Turkey; mid-16th C.; 95×114 cm _The chintamani pattern is most assoc'd w/ art of the Ottoman Empire, but it is older & prob. originated w/ Central Asian Turkic peoples. ...interpreted as a combin'n of tiger stripes & leopard spots, referring to manly courage. The pattern is found in diff. variations. _ The famed Ottoman textile industry had its ctr in Bursa, but many of the patterns were designed in the royal studio in Istanbul.

Florence Welch accompanied Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele on the red carpet to British GQ’s 2016 Men of the Year Awards—where he picked up the Designer of the Year prize—in a Gucci Cruise 2017 silk cape dress with ruffles and embroidered patch detail, a silk Broadway clutch with tiger head closure and platform wedges. The musician also wore fine jewelry from the Gucci Flora collection.