Flowers of Silk and Gold: Four Centuries of Ottoman Embroidery

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The Ottoman Empire spanned seven centuries and preceded modern Turkey. At its height, the empire extended over three continents. Ottoman art, including embroidered textiles, reflects both the abundance and wealth of the empire. Embroidery was practiced by much of the population and textiles were an integral part of daily life. Produced for both household functions and as garments, these textiles took on luxurious appeal through unique designs created with shimmering silk and glistening metallic embroidery. The exhibition was accompanied by a fully-illustrated color catalog.