Fragment of Tiraz Textile, 12th century

  • Islamic, Egyptian

Two panels of balanced plain weave (tabby) sewn horizontally to two panels of weft faced plain weave with discontinuous and eccentric wefts (tapestry); inscription on one tapestry panel has balanced plain weave (tabby), weft faced plain weave with discontinuous and eccentric wefts and weft faced plain weave with supplementary silk wefts (tapestry); self-fringed tapestry panel; extant left selvages on two tabby panels

  • Framed: Overall: 21 × 19 1/4 inches (53.3 × 48.9 cm)

City of Detroit Purchase

29.420

Department

Islamic Art

  • Medallions (ornament areas)
  • Floral patterns
  • Fatimid
  • Silk (fiber)
  • Weft pile weave
  • Tabby (textile)
  • Kufic
  • Leaves (plant materials)
  • Textile
  • Fragment
  • Torn
  • Plain cloth weave
  • Egypt

Signed, Marks, Inscriptions

Inscribed, first band: [translated: Dominion belongs to Allah] Inscribed, repeated second band, illegible.

Provenance

Dorothea Russell. 1929-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Rights Status

Islamic, Egyptian, Fragment of Tiraz Textile, 12th century, two panels of balanced plain weave (tabby) sewn horizontally to two panels of weft faced plain weave with discontinuous and eccentric wefts (tapestry); inscription on one tapestry panel has balanced plain weave (tabby), weft faced plain weave with discontinuous and eccentric wefts and weft faced plain weave with supplementary silk wefts (tapestry); self-fringed tapestry panel; extant left selvages on two tabby panels. Detroit Institute of Arts, City of Detroit Purchase, 29.420.