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Ottoman embroideries are vibrant testimonies to the culture s proverbial passion for nature and its love for flowers and verdure. From the budding blossoms, to the lush branches, to the sinuous sprigs, these delicate needlework designs bespeak of the Ottoman s affection for nature s bountiful gifts. Each tender stitch and every delicate threading of a metal cord resonates with a beauty that ravishes the eye and tantalizes the senses all the while inviting the viewer to investigate further and to dwell some more.

Indeed, Ottoman embroideries display such an ingenuity of design and dexterity of skill as to be judged true works of art in the full sense of the term. As a recognized branch of Islamic decorative arts, they unequivocally reflect that artistic tradition s supreme interest in unity, concern for geometrical patterns, and joy in color. It is no wonder that these charming productions have awed and inspired many in the past and continues to do so up until the present.

 
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