Turban Cover
Turban Cover
Turban Cover

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Turban Cover
Late 18th c

Fabulous piece. A highly decorative piece. Would look good on a circular table or mounted and hung. Large square covers called kavuk or sarik were used to wrap and protect he magnificent turbans of the Ottoman Turks when they were not in use. Government officials wore turbans in varying sizes to indicate status. A turban or kavuk was composed of layers of wadded cloth sewn together. Never dismanted but kept on a stand kavukluk and protected by the turban cover. Turban covers can usually be recognised by the small circle marked by the embroidered pattern in the centre of the square. See Johnstone, Pauline Turkish Embroidery plate 43 p 40 Krody, Sumru Belger Flowers of Silk & Gold p 118 plate 18

Description

Ottoman, the fine linen with a central circle of couched silver thread flower surrounded by soft apricot, and cream flowerheads , probably carnations, and small pale blue flowers with soft green stems, surrounded by sprays of carnations in similar colours and with bunches of yellow fruits, the stems of dark turquoise green, the outer border similarly worked, all worked in floss silks in double running and, compound double running stitch, the motifs later applied to the ground, 47 in; 1.20 cm sq

Condition

Excellent. Possibly a little faded but this is not at all obvious. Beautiful colours and exquisitely re applied onto entirely suitable linen. It looks completely original until you look at the back. Photo available.

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