Book Title: Ottoman Embroidery
Author: Marianne Ellis & Jennifer Wearden
Published: London, UK – 2001
Format & Size: Hardcover w/ Dust Jacket – 10″ x 12″
Pages: 144 pages
Book Condition: Very Good Condition
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Condition
Description: Breathtaking album with photos of embroidery from Ottoman history. A beautiful addition to the Victoria and Albert Museum textile series, the book showcases in full color 150 stunning pieces from the Museum’s extensive collection. Dating from the mid-16th to the early 20th century, such common household items as napkins, towels, kerchiefs, and trousers have become exotic with age, and their ornate patterns are sure to inspire contemporary needleworkers. The book is illustrated with 145 embroideries which are split into the four most characteristic Ottoman techniques: surface darning, laid and couched, double running and double darning. Above all it is the unique double-sided embroideries that are fascinating to Western observers where the same basic stitch has been used over five centuries. This type of embroidery continues to be carried out today by a few skilled practitioners. All techniques are clearly explained through specially commissioned diagrams, which provide simple guidance and invaluable information for needle workers.