Cushion-Bursa - Anatolia
Bursa, Anatolia; 18th c.;
Flower patterned cushion. The Anatolia town of Bursa was famed for its silk weaving, especially brocades and velvet. Brocade cushions with a raised pattern of silk velvet were only one among the many wonders of weaving which we have inherited from their workshops.
The composition of the pillow is based on that of a carpet medallion. The gold central field bears a relief pattern in red and pale green silk plush formed of stylized carnations, lilies, and apples following the oval lines of the medallion. The white border has rows of stylized flowers which enhance the importance of the central pattern. The wide edges of the narrow ends have geometrically disposed and very stylized plant-motifs also in silk plush relief work.