Islamic Spain, Granada, Nasrid period, 14th century / Fragment from a Large Curtain / 1300sIslamic Spain, Granada, Nasrid period, 14th century
Fragment from a Large Curtain

View Larger Image

View Full Catalog Record Below

This image is one of over 108,000 from the AMICA Library (formerly The Art Museum Image Consortium Library- The AMICO Library™), a growing online collection of high-quality, digital art images from over 20 museums around the world. offers subscriptions to this collection, the finest art image database available on the internet. EVERY image has full curatorial text and can be studied in depth by zooming into the smallest details from within the Image Workspace.
Preview the AMICA Library™ Public Collection in Luna Browser Now

  • Cultures and time periods represented range from contemporary art, to ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works.
  • Types of works include paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, costumes, jewelry, furniture, prints, photographs, textiles, decorative art, books and manuscripts.

Gain access to this incredible resource through either a monthly or a yearly subscription and search the entire collection from your desktop, compare multiple images side by side and zoom into the minute details of the images. Visit for more information on the collection, click on the link below the revolving thumbnail to the right, or email us at .

Creator Nationality: European; Iberian; Spanish
Creator Name-CRT: Islamic Spain, Granada, Nasrid period, 14th century
Title: Fragment from a Large Curtain
Title Type: Primary
View: Back
Creation Start Date: 1300
Creation End Date: 1399
Creation Date: 1300s
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textiles
Materials and Techniques: Lampas: a combination of two weaves, twill weave and plain weave; silk
Dimensions: Overall: 37.5cm x 24.8cm
Inscriptions: the principal field of geometric laceria forming stars and squares is bordered by a broad composite band (incomplete) consisting of central wide band with knotted Kufic inscription ("beatitude"), framed by narrower bands with knotwork, Naskhi inscriptions ("success and prosperity") in cartouches and crenallations.
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1927.378
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Provenance: (Adolph Loewi, Venice).

The ability to combine different designs and colors harmoniously was one of the unparalleled achievements of Islamic art. This silk curtain fragment reveals juxtapositions of large and small scaled designs with curving and angular lines, all woven with bold colors in bands of varying widths. The contrasts are featured in the upper design of large squares positioned to form eight-pointed stars, in the narrow band with ivory-silk cursive script offering "good fortune and prosperity," and in the wide band with large yellow-silk kufic script extending "beatitude." A rare, complete contemporary silk curtain in the museum's collection (see photo) displays another method of organizing designs.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1927.378
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

AMICA PUBLIC RIGHTS: a) Access to the materials is granted for personal and non-commercial use. b) A full educational license for non-commercial use is available from Cartography Associates at c) Licensed users may continue their examination of additional materials provided by Cartography Associates, and d) commercial rights are available from the rights holder.

Home | Subscribe | Preview | Benefits | About | Help | Contact
Copyright © 2007 Cartography Associates.
All rights reserved.