Silk Curtain Fragment
14th or 15th Century
Silk lampas weave
Textile Museum, Washington D.C.,
acquired by George Hewitt Myers in 1931, no. 84.11
The silks produced at this time are so much in keeping with the decorative style of the stucco and cut-tile work in the Alhambra Palace in Granada that their association with the Nasrid court can hardly be doubted. This has given rise to the use of the term, “Alhambra silks.” The original curtain would have been four times the width and over twice the length of this fragment, which still conveys a sense of the brilliance and splendor of the courtly art of that period.