Origin and pattern
This medieval pattern is made up of interwoven octagons enclosed in incised lozenges and a floral motif or arabesque.
In Spain in the 13th to 15th centuries, the time of the reign of the Arab dynasty of Nasrids, geometrical patterns such as this were popular not only in textiles, but also in tile mosaics and ornamental carving and stucco decorations, such as at the Alhambra palace in Granada.
A surviving fragment of this textile is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
This historical pattern reconstruction is the intellectual property of Sartor Bohemia.
This historical brocade reproduction is a Jacquard weave with a polyester warp and a rayon weft. It is striking for its vivid color, effective use of alternating weaving techniques and structural relief. This damask is slightly sturdier than silk blend brocade, holds its shape very well, and the addition of rayon makes it a pleasure to wear.
Reproductions of period brocades such as this are perfect for sewing historical costumes and also bring something special to modern interiors or contemporary fashions.
We recommend using a sturdy lining under this brocade, such as serge, satin, or habotai.
This fabric can be hand washed at 30°C, but it will shrink and crinkle slightly. To avoid this, we recommend dry cleaning at a reliable dry cleaner. Unlike silk brocade, this fabric will not soften when laundered. Iron on the back side on a synthetics setting; if the fabric has been pre-shrunk, you may use steam.