Silk textile with inscription

Silk textile with inscription

Silk textile with inscription
Granada, Spain
1330–1450
Museum no. 1105-1900

This silk textile was made in the court workshops of the Nasrid dynasty, who were the last Islamic rulers in Spain. During the 14th century, silks woven with this kind of striped decoration became very popular in Granada. Here, wide bands of inscription in a cursive script alternate with narrower bands of lotus flowers and geometric interlace. The inscriptions stand out clearly in white silk against a blue ground. One phrase is repeated four times along each row of this fragment. It reads 'Glory to our Lord the Sultan'.