Fashions In The Ottoman Empire

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Ottoman textiles are considered to be some of the most elegant textiles that were produced in the Islamic world. They were executed in a range of woven techniques with satins and velvets. They were characterized with large scaled motifs and metallic threads. Some of the textiles remnants of the Ottoman Empire still exist today and have very much so played an influential role in textile making.
The Ottoman Empire is one of the largest and longest lasting empires in history, which spanned from 1299-1922 CE. It became the center of trade between the western and eastern world. During the 16th century the Ottoman Empires political and economic power reached its peak; therefore making the arts reach a turning point. Their textile industry became bigger and of more superior quality. The Ottoman sultans wore only the best fabrics, which were made into Kaftans and robes. Their choice of elegant fabrics and designs marked a statement for the Ottoman textile development. Some of the fabrics consisted of satin, silk, kemha, seraser, lampas, etc. They developed their own motifs and designs as well.
The main religion in the Ottoman Empire was Islam. Islam is a monotheistic religion that is based off of the revelations from the prophet Muhammad. The beliefs and symbols of this religion greatly influenced the designs used in their textiles.
Court designers made special textile designs for the courts garments and furnishings in the palace. There was a very high demand for these textiles

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