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Hand woven brocade Zenobius, 100% silk with gold, white

Product code 103 03-1003

Hand woven reproduction of historical fabric, gold pattern on white in genuine silk with metallic thread, recreated from a famous 14th century Gothic depiction of St. Zenobius. Perfect for historical costuming. Adds interest to modern interiors and contemporary fashions.

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Basic parameters
Width: 109 cm
Color: white
Content: 30% metallic thread, 70% silk
Weight (gsm): 138 gsm
Weight (mm): 32 mm
Drape: slightly supple
Period: 14th century
Pattern size: 21 cm
Pattern size (vertical): 15 cm
Availability: limited edition
Minimum order: 0.2 m
Bulk discount
1 - 9 m
90.16 $ / m
10 - 19 m
85.65 $ / m
20 and more
81.14 $ / m

in stock 31.1 m

90.16 $/m

90.16 $/m without VAT


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Product description

Product description

Historical source

Our source for this Gothic-era textile is the vestment worn by Saint Zenobius as depicted by Florentine master Giovanni del Biondo, late 14th century. The work of this Italian painter has inspired us in the past too for our St. Catherine brocade and tortoise and parrot brocade.

Visit the original

You can visit the original work (a tempera wood panel) at the Duomo (the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) in Florence, where it is affixed to a column in the nave.


Paired, heart-shaped flowers and palm branches are depicted alongside long-necked birds with outspread wings in a pattern that combines beauty and deeper symbolic meaning.

While most artists in Biondo’s time drew, at least loosely, on actual textile designs for their work, Biondo seems to have taken a freer hand, using contemporary textile motifs as a springboard for the creation of his very own symbol-laden pattern:

  • Paired, heart-shaped flowers and palm branches: In Medieval art, a heart motif often signifies love, devotion, or the heart of Christ. Flowers, particularly in combination with the heart shape, may represent rebirth, growth, and spiritual enlightenment. In Christian iconography, palms often evoke victory, triumph, peace, and eternal life, particularly in connection with the death of the martyr.
  • Long-necked birds with outspread wings: Birds have been employed in various cultures to symbolize the spirit or divine presence and in a Christian context they may point to the Holy Spirit. Outspread wings could evoke the concept of protection while elongated necks may represent a connection between the sacred and profane or between the self and the divine.
  • Flowers placed in a cross: The crucifix is a powerful Christian symbol representing Christ’s sacrifice and the salvation of humanity. In combination with the flower, which is symbolic of life and rebirth, it points to eternal life through Christ’s death on the cross.

These elements seem to come together in a coherent message of eternal love, spiritual enlightenment, divine presence, and the promise of eternal life through sacrifice and rebirth. Given that this pattern appears in a depiction of a revered saint, it is logical that its symbolic content would align with themes of piety, sanctity, and divine grace.

The choice of this design was certainly intentional, meant to evoke reverence and a sense of the sacred in those who would encounter it.

Material & Quality

This historical brocade reproduction is woven by hand on a Jacquard loom in pure silk with genuine metallic threads toned with real gold. This combination of premium materials makes this brocade sturdy but soft, gentle to the touch, and breathable. The gold thread will not tarnish or lose its shine.


Reproductions of period brocades such as this are perfect for sewing historical costumes and also bring something special to modern interiors or contemporary fashions.

This brocade has loose threads on the back. We recommend lining it with a natural material such as silk or fine linen. For added stiffness try silk organza or crepeline.

Handmade artisan fabric

This brocade is unique for its artisan origin. It is woven by hand at a rate of only about half a meter per day (20 inches) and comes from a loom specifically adapted for Sartor. We leave out all the intermediaries and go straight to the village level so that we can assure every penny we pay goes directly to the artisans who have worked on this fabric (warpers, weavers, dyers).


Because this fabric is hand woven and hand designed, there may be slight irregularities in the weave. These tiny imperfections are not considered defects, but rather a natural feature of hand crafting.


We recommend dry cleaning this fabric at a reliable dry cleaner. In our test of how to wash silk this fabric stood up to gentle hand washing. If you risk hand washing, use lukewarm water and a delicate detergent for woolens; do not wring or squeeze dry; block dry on a flat surface. Dry iron on the back on the lowest setting.


Do your historical reproductions ever repeat?

Rarely! We produce reproductions of historical fabrics as limited editions. We want to guarantee a certain authenticity to all owners of historical costumes and decorations. We recommend that you buy these fabrics while they are in stock, as this is the only way to secure them for your project aside from custom ordering.

What is a limited edition?

Limited editions are fabrics of exceptional quality or patterns that have been designed and produced exclusively under the Sartor brand. As a rule, they do not repeat and are therefore only available while supplies last. Don't miss your chance to own a true original.

What is the smallest amount of fabric I can order?

The minimum fabric order is a length of 20 cm.

Are your historical reproductions suitable for modern use?

Of course! Historical patterns are characterized by high-quality aesthetic workmanship with an emphasis on elegance and harmony, which make them timeless works of art. They are suitable for modern interiors, where they bring an element of originality (try a picture, a pillow). In fashion, they excel in simple, even minimalist, garments, handbags and other accessories.

Do you ship abroad?

Yes. We ship worldwide. The price of shipping is automatically calculated at checkout before payment after you select the country of delivery and the preferred carrier. If you do not find your country in the dropdown list, please contact us. You will find a rough overview of shipping costs in our shipping and payment terms.

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