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Otakar II brocade, green and gold, seconds

Product code 103 02-1009

Reproduction of a historical fabric, an Italian brocade from the latter 13th century, in natural silk and rayon. Green with gold thread. Perfect for historical costuming as well as modern interiors and contemporary fashions.

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Basic parameters
Width: 75 cm
Color: bluegreen
Content: 30% silk, 70% rayon
Weight (gsm): 235 gsm
Weight (mm): 54 mm
Drape: slightly stiff
Period: 13th century
Pattern repeat width: 19 cm
Availability: limited edition
Defect type: shade variation
different yarn

in stock 103.4 m

30.51 $/m

28.98 $/m

28.98 $/m without VAT


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Product description

Product description

This medieval pattern, featuring round medallions with birds and the tree of life, was painstakingly restored from textile fragments discovered in the tomb of the Premyslid King of Bohemia Otakar II. This one holds sentimental value for us here at Sartor Bohemia – it was the very first historical pattern that we ever undertook to reproduce.

The motif – paired birds at the tree of life in repeating round medallions – was exceedingly popular in the early Middle Ages. The rounds are edged with leaves pointing up and to the center. The fowl are positioned with their bodies facing outward, but their heads turned to the central axis formed by a stylized tree of life. The space between medallions is filled with rosettes with a cruciform petal arrangement.

This device is likely of Byzantine origin but also betrays an Islamic influence. The original textile upon which our reproduction is based was found, along with the remains of King Otakar II, in the tomb at Saint Vitus Cathedral in Prague. An expert analysis places its origin in Venice in the 1360s or 1370s. This fabulous textile was draped over the coffin of the “King of Iron and Gold,” whose earthly remains it was later used to wrap.

The preserved fragments of the original textile are part of the Prague Castle art collection and have been studied in depth by Dr. Milena Bravermanova.

This historical brocade reproduction is a Jacquard weave with a pure silk warp and a weft of rayon and lurex. It catches the eye with its striking color and dramatic, raised surface, an effect achieved by alternating weaves. Premium material makes this brocade very sturdy, yet soft, gentle to the touch, and breathable.

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 lining this brocade with a natural material such as silk or fine linen.


We recommend dry cleaning this fabric at a reliable dry cleaner. Iron on the back side on a synthetic 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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