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19th c OttomanTextile Pillow

March 28th, 2011

Daniel Pontius

A sweet 15″ x 12″ pillow that I made from a fragment of a 19th c Ottoman towel for Pat McGann Gallery. I did a coordinating front band with linen back. These kinds of towels would have been used in the Turkish Bath, hamam, by wealthier patrons. What is amazing about these kinds of Ottoman embroideries is that they were worked so that the front and the back are the same so that there is not a back side. This fragment is almost naive compared to the detail that can be found in some examples. There was a good article about these towels and the hamams in Turkey in World of Interiors awhile back, if you can find it.

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