Oriental Rugs Dictionary

Ottoman Embroidery

Embroideries were produced in many contexts throughout the far-reaching Ottoman Empire, from the imperial court ateliers of Istanbul to the provincial private sphere. Domestic embroideries typically were made within the home for personal consumption, or for limited sale. It has been suggested that these large embroidered pieces may have served as coverlets or wall hangings. Surviving examples date from as early as the sixteenth century, with production continuing well into the nineteenth century.