Byzantine Brocade with Lions, Purple, DEFECTS

Reference : 103-02-0025

Reproduction of historical fabric, a Byzantine brocade from the 10th or 11th century, in a Jacquard weave of natural silk and rayon. The gold and silver pattern of this historical reproduction is woven on a field of deep burgundy.

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  • Colour : _ 065 - red
  • Defect type : weave defects
  • Drape : slightly stiff
  • Fiber Content : 50% silk, 50% rayon
  • Period : 8th century
  • Weave : Jacquard
  • Weight mm (mommes) is a japanese weight unit used for silk fabrics. 1 mm = 4,33 g/m2. : 215 g/m2
  • Width : 75 cm ± 5 cm / 30 in ± 2 in
  • Meters in stock: 38.85     Watch availability

Price lowered! $ 35.08 / m (-5%) $ 33.34 / m ( $ 27.53 / m without VAT )


The original of this silk fabric, once a deep, Tyrian purple, was found in the sarcophagus of Saint Julian in Rimini. Legend has it that, at the time of Otto the Great, a tidal wave washed a wooden chest ashore near the Benedictine monastery of Saints Peter and Paul in Rimini. There the bishop John had the chest opened and discovered that it held the remains the fourth-century martyr Saint Julian. In 1910 the chest was submitted to close scientific inspection. Two rare textiles were found, one of which was this purple cloth, upon which the skull of Saint Julian had rested.

Byzantine silks often incorporated Sasanian iconography. Here a lion is shown pacing in profile with its head turned to the observer. Below is the tree of life. The lion, a symbol often used by medieval nobility, was also a favorite among the emirs of the ancient empires in the Near East.
A similar fabric was discovered in the sepulcher of Charlemagne, where it is said to have been placed by Emperor Otto III. A fragment of the cloth interred with Saint Julian is on display in the Museo Nazionale in Ravenna.

This historical brocade reproduction is a Jacquard weave with a pure silk warp and rayon weft. The use of premium materials 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.

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Care: We recommend dry cleaning this fabric at a reliable dry cleaner. Laundering softens it and changes its appearance – it shrinks and crinkles. Take care when ironing, press on the back side at a low temperature (silk).

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