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Mongolian cloth of gold with winged lions and griffins, gold and black, DEFECTS

Reference : 103-05-1002

Reproduction of a historical fabric, a Central Asian cloth of gold from the mid 13th century, in a Jacquard weave of fine synthetic yarns and golden threads. The pattern stands out, woven in shimmering gold, against a black field.

More details

  • Colour : _ 080 - gold
  • Defect type : weave defects
  • Drape : slightly stiff
  • Fiber Content : 38% nylon, 46% polyester, 16% lurex
  • Period : 13th century
  • Weave : Jacquard
  • Weight mm (mommes) is a japanese weight unit used for silk fabrics. 1 mm = 4,33 g/m2. : 270 g/m2
  • Width : 147 cm / 57 in
  • Meters in stock: 140.6     Watch availability

Price lowered! $ 35.08 / m (-15%) $ 29.84 / m ( $ 24.64 / m without VAT )


Smooth gold rondels contain paired winged lions with beautifully stylized manes. The space between medallions is occupied by paired griffins. In Central Asia, where this pattern originated, the lion signified military rank (shifting in seniority over various periods). The lion’s appearance here dovetails with Chinese and Byzantine heraldic tradition where it stands alongside the griffin and the eagle as a primary symbol of power and strength. It is evident that the depiction of lions and griffins is meant to denote bravery, strength, and military prowess.

The original textile fragment upon which our reproduction is based is held at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

This historical brocade reproduction is a Jacquard weave made of polyester and golden lurex threads. It is sturdier than silk blend brocade and holds its shape very well. 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 using a sturdy lining under this brocade, such as serge, satin, or habotai.

Care: This fabric can be hand washed at 30°C, but it will shrink and crinkle slightly. To avoid this, we recommend dry cleaning at a reliable dry cleaner. Unlike silk brocade, this fabric will not soften when laundered. Iron on the back side on a synthetic setting; if the fabric has been pre-shrunk, you may use steam.

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