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Cover

Type: For the Household
Object Name: Cover
Place Made: Africa: North Africa, Morocco or Europe: Western Europe, Iberia, Spain
Period: 15th to 16th century
Date: 1400 - 1599
Era: Mudyar style
Dimensions: L 94 cm x W 86 cm
Materials: Silk
Techniques: Brocaded
ID Number: T84.0253
Credit: Gift of Thomas Kalman

Silk weaving in Maghreb, particularly in the famous workshops of Fez, Morocco, was a distinctive large-scale urban production. Maghreb silk fabrics, furnishing materials and shawls were exported to Europe, Asia and trans-Saharan Africa. The silks were woven in workshops on large drawlooms operated by male weavers and assistants, who were organized and controlled by guilds. The drawloom’s mechanism stored several designs at once, so the operator could easily shift from one design to another on the same object. Intricate geometric and abstract designs were inherited from the flourishing art traditions of Andalusia, and reflected artistic canons of international Islamic culture.