Antique Ottoman Kutnu Silk Shawl from Gaziantep, south east AnatoliaThis stunning Ottoman man’s silk shawl came from The Lower House, Wickham, Hampshire and belonged to Major General Sir Charles H. Powell, KCB. The fine silk fabric called ‘kutnu’ in Turkish from which the shawl is made, was woven in Gaziantep in south east Turkey near the Syrian border. This technique and style of silk weaving was introduced to Turkey from Aleppo in Syria in the 1600s but today, there remains only one last workshop producing kutnu silk. The shawl is woven in a fine silk weft of golden yellow, red, blue, emerald green and white. The substantial double twisted silk tassels provide the ends of shawl with weight when worn.
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