V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Garden flowers

A novel and distinctive feature of Ottoman art is the use of recognisable garden flowers – tulips, roses, hyacinths, carnations and others. Previously, floral motifs had been highly stylised and arranged in formalised patterns. By contrast, the flowers on this vase were painted almost as if they were growing from the ground and swaying in a spring breeze. On the velvet, though, they were arranged in flat, entirely artificial patterns.

Vase
Turkey, probably Iznik
1570-90
Museum No. 232-1876