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Antique Ottoman Embroidery and Textiles Notes

Turkish Rugs: Ottoman Textiles Notes An Ottoman 18th c. Embroidered Wrapping Cloth (Bohça) Square format wrapping cloth. These had an important role in a woman's life. When the woman would go to the haman (Turkish bath) she would wrap what she brought in one of these cloths. An attractive Bohça showed wealth, status and suitability as a wife. The Bohça also had a role in the wedding ritual where the woman would wrap her trousseau to go to her husband.

An Ottoman 18th c. Embroidered Wrapping Cloth (Bohça

Bohça

Square format wrapping cloth. These had an important role in a woman's life. When the woman would go to the haman (Turkish bath) she would wrap what she brought in one of these cloths. An attractive Bohça showed wealth, status and suitability as a wife. The Bohça also had a role in the wedding ritual where the woman would wrap her trousseau to go to her husband.

"The word Bohça derives from the Arabic word for 'package'. Bohça were used in all aspects of daily life in the Ottoman household, from the protection of household linens and clothing to the ceremonial presentation of gifts." www.Sothebys.com

An Ottoman 17th c Embroidered Bohça

An Ottoman 18th c. Embroidered Wrapping Cloth (Bohça)

An Ottoman 18th c. Embroidered Wrapping Cloth (Bohça) Ottoman Empire

Even before the fall of Constantinople in 1453 many of the Greek people were part of the Ottoman Empire. This stretched up through the Greek War for Independence 1821 - 1831 and for many Greeks up until W.W.I. As such Greek textiles bear a close kinship with the whole of Ottoman textiles

Heublein Perot/Marechal Greek Island Part Silk embroidery possibly Naxos

A Greek Island embroidered Mihrab Panel

Two Greek Island embroideries W03776 Lot 5

Two Greek Island embroideries W03776 Lot 6

A Greek Island embroidery W03776 Lot 4

Turkish Rugs: Ottoman Textiles Notes A Greek Island embroidery W03776 Lot 4

A Greek Island embroidery W03776 Lot 4

Turkish Rugs: Ottoman Textiles Notes A Banya Luka Applique Mihrab Panel from Sotheby's
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A Banya Luka Applique Mihrab Panel from Sotheby's

In the course of researching this page I came across a number of terms which I gathered up so I could sort through them.

Atli Tasvirleri: (Depictions of Horsemen) where men and animals are depicted together

Bohça: Wrapping cloth.

Boy havlusu: A towel large enough to cover the whole body.

Bulyas: Embroideresses

Çeshme: Tent

Çevre: Embroidered handkerchief

Cüz Kesesi: A koran cover usuallu of cloth or leather.

Gemili: Boat but in Amasra it is "flowers on a plate" design.

Gergef was a rectangular embroidery frame standing on four short legs resembling a small table

Göynek: An undershirt or chemise with long sleaves and no collar worn by both men and women in the Ottoman Empire. They could be of silk, cotton or linen and were frequently embroidered.

Handjar: Dagger.

Hünkar Portreleri: Portrait of the Sultans.

kasnak: Round embroidery hoop.

Kese:A bath glove or a small purse.

Kirk pare: "Forty- pieces" embroidered patchwork.

Kümbet: A large tomb with a conical dome roof.

Makrama: Macrame.

Minbars: Pulpit.

Örnek bezi: Sampler.

Palmet Rumi: Anatolian Palmettoes.

Peskir: A large napkin.

Pushide: Sarcophagus cover.

Pushide levhasi An inscribed sarcophagus cover. From Puside - covered or hidden.

Sanduka: Sarcophagus.

Sayeban: A canopy tent or covered liter.

Sikke: Designs such as those struck on coins.

Tugra: Signatures made of letters stacked one upon another that forms a design. The monogram of a Sultan.

Türbesi: Tomb or masoleum.

Yorgan yüzü A quilt cover.

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