Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Flower Power II

[Detail followed by full view: Curtain, silk with metallic-wrapped thread woven on the island of Chios, mid-to late 17th century. Collection of The Textile Museum.] 

With The Sultan's Garden now in full swing, I wanted to share another example of the treasures you'll see if you stop by The Textile Museum this fall. Curator Sumru Krody says the style with which the flowers (rose bouquets and tulips and lilies in vases) on this crimson curtain were executed indicates Italian and Ottoman influences. In case you were wondering, I haven't cropped the panel; interestingly, it was made from two and a half fabric lengths. Each length, or narrower panel, features an intricately designed niche flanked by two thin columns on either side, the idea being to create the feel of a columned garden courtyard as more panels are joined together. Personally I'm drawn to the pattern on the tiny hanging lanterns -- something between a highly stylized floral and a geometric.

[Detail of embroidered cover, Istanbul, 16th/early 17th century. Textile Museum 1.22. 
Acquired by George Hewitt Myers.] 

The previously posted colorful cover, above, represents the iconic Ottoman tulips and serrated carnations most of us associate with Turkish design. It's also in the exhibition, and I've pulled just a few more contemporary fabrics inspired by textiles like it. 

Dina by Alidad for Chelsea Textiles.

Urbino by Alidad for Chelsea Textiles.

Layla by Alidad.

Some of the motifs in Penny Morrison's Karlstad linen, below, kind of echo the first silk at the top of this post. 

And of course so many of her hand-printed linens derive from old Turkish embroideries along with Mughal styles.

Nathan Turner has for sale a Penny Morrison Waverton pillow. Click here for more views of Waverton.  

Penny Morrison's Rumeli, above.

Morrison's Turkoman.

And Mallika, also by Morrison.


Anonymous said...

Very pretty patterns, I really like the designs. Particularly the design of the first one.

Anonymous said...

I love Morrison's fabrics and wish they were more available in the US. She has such a light hand.