241-Extremely Fine Gujarat embroidery, late 17th c.(fragment detail above and below)




Matching Pair. Size: 28 x 96 inches
Condition: wear in various spots (visible), stabilized expertly with invisible stiches. Back with light red muslin cotton.

The island of Chios, five miles off the coast of Turkey is one of the largesst in the Grek archipelago and was regarded as one of themost valuable provinces of the Ottoman Empire. Chios silk was a major export commodity. In antiquity Chios was also known as “pityoussa” (having pine trees) which perhaps accounts for the pine trees that issue from the base of the panels.
The rich iconography is as beautiful as it is complex. The chintamani pattern is clearly visible in the details, to point out one detail.
A near identical pair of Chiso panels, catalogued as tenture de barbier, or textile panels from a barbershop, are in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris )inv. PR 2006-21-1) Remi Labrusse, Purs Decors? Arts de l’Islam, regards du XIXe siecle, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 2007, cat. 92, p. 135. There they are catalogued (and illustrated) as 17th c. In article in Hali by Tadeusz Majda, curator of Islamic Art at the National Museum in Warsaw, a further example- less closely comparable but with similar individual decorative motifs, is published, catalogued as 18th c. (Tadeusz Majda, ‘Ancestral Ideals. Turkish Silk Hangings, in Poland, Hali issue 121 March -April, 2002, p 110