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A H Straus and Company  Search this
Physical Description:
silk (overall material)
blue (overall color)
green (overall color)
black (overall color)
purple (overall color)
taffeta (overall style)
canary ground (b) (overall color)
plain weave; printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 41 in; 91.44 cm x 104.14 cm
Object Name:
Fabric, Printed
fabric length
Fabric Length
Place made:
United States: New York, New York
Associated Place:
United States: New Jersey, Allentown
Date made:
A. H. Straus & Co.printed taffeta dress silk length; 1917. Canary yellow ground, Persian-inspired roundel design. "Luxor Taffeta" made by A. H. Straus & Co. Commericially known as "Sasanidian-Web", a lustrous, reversible fabric with a discharge-printed Persian design of patterned disks taken from a costume of 6th and 8th centuries. Original in Milan. Colors: blue, green, black and purple on canary yellow ground. Some variation between purples and pinks in the printing, some are lighter colored than others. Print is of medallions made of three concentric circles of print beginning with multi colored blocks, then a ring of paisley, then a black geometric print. The circles are 3.75 inches in diameter. Printing not perfectly exact, some bleeding and blurred lines. Print is continued onto the selvedge which is the same color as the ground and is 0.125 inches wide. May have been inspired by the same Persian fabric as TE.T2549A.
A. H. Straus and Co. was active in the 1910s and 1920s. The company was based in New York City and was a premier importer and manufacturer of printed silks. Many fabric lengths in this collection have prints copied from ancient textiles.
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American Textile Industry  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of A H Straus and Company
ID Number:
Catalog number:
T (/) 2549B
Accession number:
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
American Silk Industry
American Textile Industry
Data Source:
National Museum of American History