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Silk Tapestry in Door Frame

Istanbul, Turkey and Essaouira, Morocco



The ancient Turkish craft of carpet weaving is as famous as it is old. This piece captures the history of the world’s earliest carpet weavers. Traditionally, women would spend upwards of twelve hours a day in the natural light of summer weaving these masterpieces for home use and selling. The better a weaver the young girl was the higher the chance of marrying she had, and would often provide the tapestry as part of her dowry. The skilled handiwork and creativity that goes into each tapestry is, and has been, unique, as the weaver chooses the dye, the motifs, and the wool to be spun, all culminating in an expertly made kilim. As the eastern and western cultures merged in Turkey, the bold bright colours of the east mix with the shapes of the west, and the style began expanding throughout the 19th century onwards. The tapestry is framed by a double-door frame made from cedarwood and carved with Moroccan-style patterns. It comes from a ‘Ryad’, a type of traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard.

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