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Object ID Number SAM 1951.256
Object Name Hanging, Wall
Title Tourist Khayamiya
Date Late 19th/Early 20th Cent.
Culture Egyptian
Exhibit Label After the opening of King Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922, Egyptian themed imagery became popular in Western fashion and decoration. Retailers in Egypt weren’t blind to this and happily made trade items to fit this trend. This appliqué is one of those items, and though the imagery may be a pastiche, the techniques are long-established. Appliqué developed in Egypt originally as a means of decorating the exterior of tents, and termed khayamiya, from the word khayam for “tent.” Tent-making and decoration was traditionally a male industry, though with items such as these becoming available for sale and catering to Western tastes, the lines become blurred between practical art, such as a beautiful tent, and commercial craft, much like the difference between functional and show quilts.
Medium Applique
Material Cotton/Linen
Image size 47" H x 25" W
Currently on view No
Subjects Egypt
Tourist trade item