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Ottoman towel dating to the first half of the 19th century.

The two ends are embroidered in silk on a ruched silk ground. This is somewhat  unusual since these textiles were usually worked on linen or cotton, which hints at the towel having been made in a particularly wealthy household. 

The embroidery is worked in a double running stitch, which means that the front looks the same as the back - a feature most of these towels share. When used, this meant that the towel could be draped over the arm, with both ends showing, when presenting a visitor with a bowl of water for a token hand washing, their hands to be dabbed on the thus offered towel. However, the large size of the towel in hand makes it unlikely it was used as a hand towel. A bath towel is the more probable use of this textile. The design is a five time repeat of a stem of leaves, with an arrangement of flowers much like a bouquet by its side. 

For more information, see our website at https://www.christopherleggeorientalcarpets.com/products/view/ottoman-towel/. 

The towel is in excellent condition, with only two small, barely visible stains on the white ground and the embroidery in a perfect state of preservation.

Dimensions

178 x 56 cm

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Stock number

nsc15
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