[Above, a detail from a silk cover with metallic-wrapped threads. Believed to be 18th century North Indian. Collection of The Textile Museum and included in The Sultan's Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art. Full view below.]
This is it. Less than four days remain to see 58 objects -- everything from horse adornments and costumes to ceramics, rugs and other furnishings -- that show how the Ottoman court used stylized flowers to visually "brand" itself around the world. The Sultan's Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art, currently on view at The Textile Museum in D.C., closes Sunday, March 10.
[Detail, calligraphy with stylized watercolor carnations and other flowers. Official signature of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, 16th century Istanbul. The Met's collection.]