Several new historical textiles are coming in July/August and you can pre-order them now with 10% discount. Byzantine, 14th and 15th century patterns. Delivery in August 2020.

Tortoise and parrot brocade, red

Reference : 103-02-1003

PRE-ORDERS - This fabric is in currently in production with delivery expected in August 2020. Act now for 10% off on pre-orders. This discount applies for pre-orders only.

Reproduction of a historical fabric from 14th century Italy in natural silk and rayon with gold thread. The fabric has a red background with a gold pattern and accents in blue.

More details

  • Drape : stiff
  • Fiber Content : Silk / Rayon / Lurex
  • Period : 14th century
  • Weave : Jacquard
  • Width : 75 cm ± 5 cm / 30 in ± 2 in
  • Meters in stock: 75.4     Watch availability

Price lowered! $ 35.08 / m (-10%) $ 31.57 / m ( $ 26.11 / m without VAT )


To recreate this historical fabric, we did not turn to a textile fragment as we often do, but rather looked to fine art. Medieval painters often referenced concrete textile patterns in their depictions of garments, using them repeatedly with little variation. The pattern reproduced here was popular among the Florentine school. It features a pair of lunging parrots and, even less conventionally, a pair of tortoises, the symbolism of which is unclear. The pattern is dominated by jagged palmettes and the creatures are surrounded by smaller floral motifs. Painters applied the pattern in their works not just in garments, but also in curtains, coverlets, and drapery. For a wonderful example, see the bunting in the Madonna altarpiece by Jacopo di Cione from the late 14th century. You’ll also spot this pattern on the “cloth of honor” in Giovanni del Biondo’s portrait of Saint Zenobius. In this allegorical depiction, the cloth is held aloft by Humility and Charity to signify the virtues of a Christian life.

Di Cione’s wood panel depicting the Madonna of Humility with the Christ child swaddled in red brocade can be found in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence. Del Biondo’s Saint Zenobius with the honor cloth in blue brocade is also in Florence, at the Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore.

This historical brocade reproduction is a Jacquard weave with a pure silk warp and a weft of rayon and lurex.  Premium material makes this brocade very sturdy, yet soft, gentle to the touch, and breathable. Reproductions of period brocades such as this are perfect for sewing historical costumes and also bring something special to modern interiors or contemporary fashions.

We recommend lining this brocade with a natural material such as silk or fine linen.

This pattern reconstruction is the intellectual property of SARTOR BOHEMIA.

Learn more: About silk

Care: We recommend dry cleaning this fabric at a reliable dry cleaner. Iron on the back side on a synthetic setting.

Send question to the owner of the store, about this product below.

In the same category