Quilt Facing
Embroidered Quilt Facing (Yorgan Yüzü)

Artist/maker unknown, Turkish

Made in Turkey, Asia

Ottoman Empire (1299-1923)

17th - 19th century

Linen plain weave with silk embroidery in surface darning stitch

7 feet 6 1/2 inches × 50 inches (229.9 × 127 cm) Pattern Repeat: 19 x 10 inches (48.3 x 25.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Purchased with Museum funds, 1877

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During the Ottoman Empire, embroidered textiles were made by men in professional workshops and by women in the women's quarters of houses. A quilt facing (yorgan yüzü), part of the bedding in a well-to-do Ottoman household, would have been tacked to the top of a quilt so it could be easily removed. This example is constructed from three joined loom-widths of fabric that were embroidered before being assembled. The pattern of a pomegranate flanked by two large serrated leaves is worked in a darning stitch over three threads. The composition's central field and border typifies Ottoman embroideries from the seventeenth to eighteenth centuries.