Lampas-woven textile, silk
Spain, Andalusia; late 14th-early 15th century
H: 36; W: 53 cm
“I exist for pleasure, welcome, for pleasure I am; each one who sees me sees joy and wellbeing.” This repeated, self-indulgent verse in Arabic corresponds quite well to the mood that must have prevailed in Nasrid Granada – part of the Islamic world that had to accept that it would be incorporated into Christian Spain at any time.
Writing has always been an important part of Islamic textile design. The early tiraz inscriptions often had a political content, but later they frequently took on a poetical or religious character. On this charming fragment, inscription bands alternate with arabesques and interlacing sections.
Inv. no. 2/1989
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