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By Perkins, George C.

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Crete, the largest of the islands, has the principal share in most collecIt is represented by several specimens in the tions of Greek work. present volume, and the characteristic designs are there shown, render- The colouring is bright and ing a descriptive account unnecessary. varied as a rule, though specimens are occasionally in one colour red or dark blue and the stitches stand out in relief. The first example illustrated (plate 61) is part of one of the finest pieces of Cretan work The colouring, though varied, is unusually subdued, perhaps with the aim of avoiding too vivid an effect on account of the large surface covered.

The two beautiful examples reproduced in reproduced colour (plate 51) should be noticed. The smaller border, from the Ionian Islands, shows Italian influence. The pattern of the large border, from the Cyclades, is influenced by Turkish art filtering through Persian. It should be compared with specimens on plates 75 and 81. the old Levantine tradition. in this TURKEY There works of art which must, in any geographical be designated as Turkish. If these are examined they are found to be of extraordinary variety, and the differences are fundamental, not such as we should expect to find among the craftsmen of a single nation.

A second variety is the counterchange of silk and velvet (plate 46), in which the silk pattern is cut out and replaces the same velvet pattern. The velvet in turn is let into the silk and replaces the silk pattern. It should be noted that a light colour spreads, for though identical in size, A the light applique design looks larger. third (plate 49). It is done by French workers and part of a valance a notable illustration of their intuitive national taste and example is is exceptionally fine in technique.

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