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Sasanian Samite with Simurghs, Green

Reference : 103-07-0006

Reproduction of Persian silk, Sasanian empire (present-day Iraq and Iran), 7th century.

More details

  • Colour : _ 225 - green
  • Fiber Content : 100% silk
  • Pattern Repeat Size of pattern given in cm, measured along the weft (horizontally). : 35 cm
  • Period : 7th century
  • Weight mm (mommes) is a japanese weight unit used for silk fabrics. 1 mm = 4,33 g/m2. : ~ 30m/m / 130g/m2 (26-34m/m)
  • Width : 140 cm / 55 in
  • Meters in stock: 3.95

$ 88.36 / m ( $ 73.04 / m without VAT )

Quantity discount

  • more than 10 m (-5%)
  • more than 20 m (-10%)


The simurgh (also senmurw), a Persian mythical beast in the form of a great bird with the head of a dog and the claws of a lion, appeared frequently on textiles from the Middle East and later Byzantium. The simurgh, said to be the king of the birds, symbolized the connection of heaven and earth. The pearl collar and diadem that frame the creature were favorite accessories of Sasanian rulers.

Precious silks such as this were often carried to Europe by returning Crusaders, who used them to wrap religious relics.

This samite replica is produced using a medieval weaving technique based on a twill weave. Although made of pure silk, the fabric is quite durable. It is not as fine, nor as glossy, as our pure silk damasks. This fabric is woven using our unique technology so that it most closely resembles the samite samples seen in museums.

The original cloth upon which this reproduction is based was discovered at St. Leu church in France, where it was associated with the remains of St. Helen. Fragments are on display at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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