Greek Islands composite panels were created by using fragments of old embroideries to create new patterns. As Greek and ottoman embroideries often have large bare areas, those parts often deteriorated while the embroidered pieces remained intact, so the composites recycled the embroidered parts in a new imaginative way.
This composite features mainly borders of Ottoman ritual towels with floral vines or flowers in vases. They are arranged in a diamond shape in the center with diagonal stripes filling in the gaps, and two borders on the outside. Between some strips of fragments is lace and pulled and voided work.
Circa: 19th c
Material: Silk on Linen
Dimensions: 36.5" x 36"
Inventory number: TX5041