[Photo my own]
That hundred-year-old embroidered Turkish pillow I posted earlier this month -- the one from Dunham Massey with the bold, stylized floral -- is among the most striking things I've seen in a while. But, admittedly, I have a weakness for stylized interpretations of botanicals: patterns like the Textile Museum's fragment pictured above, a colorful 17th or 18th-century piece featured on the cover of Flowers of Silk & Gold: Four Centuries of Ottoman Embroidery. No surprise then, I was excited to learn that the Museum's major fall 2012 exhibition will focus on stylized honeysuckles, roses, rosebuds, tulips, carnations, and hyacinths created by 16th-century Ottoman court artist, Kara Memi. Learn about the show, The Sultan's Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art, here.
In other textile news, the V & A has already released a few tantalizing preview images of Sonia Ashmore's Muslin. It won't be available until November 2012, but I'm going ahead and adding it to my wishlist. With 900 examples from the V & A's collection as her base, and traveling from India to Europe and the States, Ashmore tells the story of this ultra-fine cotton. Sneak a peek here.