Antique Ottoman Embroidery, Turkish Towel #1, Gauze
Peso Priced Item; Elaborate silk and metallic embroidery on what appears to be a cotton gauze Ottoman towel. These became known as Turkish towels, nothing like the thick lush towels associated with that name today. They were actually used in multiple layers to absorb the moisture from a body when getting out of a Turkish bath.. thus the name. All the towels we have listed here today are from the 1996 auction at Christies in London of the Bernheimer Textile collections. My consignor bought them there, 24 years ago. This one still has the auction tag from that auction. This measures 35 1/2" long by 18 1/2" wide. The embroidery is perfect condition, there are several dark spots from age throughout the unembroidered areas of the towel. There is a tiny loss to the fabric in one corner. I am calling this cotton gauze because I have never seen linen in such a fine thread. All of these are double sided embroidered, that is, the design is identical on each side.
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