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Around this form the eighteen grey ovals are arranged. Then come the green, and lastly the red. Many are cut in halves, the numbers thus treated naturally increasing towards The whole is stitched together with silk threads. It is really an ingenious mosaic of cloth, not more than one thickness being used anywhere, and nothing discarded. This kind of patchwork is usually called "Resht" work, as much of it was made in that city, and still is, but a good deal was also made at Ispahan. Embroidery was extensively used for costume in Persia.

Towards the end of the 15th that can be century a native dynasty established itself once more, resulting in that wonderful outburst of artistic activity which is associated more particularly in our minds with Shah Abbas, a contemporary of Queen Elizabeth. The embroideries of the 16th and 17th centuries are often of a sumptuous kind, with much gold, silver and silk trees, flowers and arabesques. The cover 32 illustrated on plate 81, with employed its in the designs of figures, horseman and other figures, is woven and embroidered fabrics in the reign of Shah Abbas and for a few years after.

It is embroidered in bright-coloured silks, red predominating. Both in colour and design it recalls the tile-work of the mosques of Asia Minor and Constantinople in the 15th and 16th centuries. It must be later, as the texture is very delicate, but there is no other reason for assigning it to a date after the end of the 17th century. Persian influence has been traced in work of this character. The two fine hangings shown in folds are allied, but perhaps a little more "barbaric" in effect (plate 72).

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