Panel of velvet

Date: late 13th–14th century

Culture: Iranian, probably Tabriz

Medium: Silk and metal thread

Dimensions: L. 23 x W. 9 inches (58.4 x 22.9 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Velvets

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1946

Accession Number: 46.156.72


Imported Middle Eastern textiles were highly valued luxury goods during this period, and this velvet pattern was originally the product of the Persian workshops of Tabriz. The number of surviving pieces in European and American collections suggests that this attractive pattern was produced in relatively large quantities; it may have been imitated by Italian velvet weavers and produced for a long period of time.