This is from a paper I wrote recently for a competition at WoW. The paper was thrown together over a span of three days (so don't be too hard on me) in between work and getting stuff done for my best friends' wedding. I am also having several formatting issues, so please bear with me as I edit the page. Long paper is long.
One of the biggest challenges I've encountered as a re-enactor is finding quality information on Ottoman art and artifact within the Society timeline. The Ottoman Empire spanned from the 14th Century until the 1920’s, so when researching you have to pay close attention not only to the dates, but to visual clues. After staring at pictures of textiles and miniatures for years, patterns started to emerge. This is my attempt to make sense of a visual history with regards to its textiles as it falls within our time of study.
Floral and Leaf Designs
Clouds and Çintemani
Modern Fabric Examples
A Note about Research
“Introduction to the Court Carpets of the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires” http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/court-carpets-of-the-ottoman-safavid-and-mughal-empires-an-introduction.html.
“Silks from Ottoman Turkey”. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/tott/hd_tott.htm