|It is very hard to capture the beautiful texture in a photo.
formed by weaving. Damasks are woven with one warp yarn and one weft yarn, usually with the pattern in warp-faced satin weave and the ground in weft-faced or sateen weave. Twill damasks include a twill-woven ground or pattern.
The production of damask was one of the five basic weaving techniques of the Byzantine and Islamic weaving centers of the early Middle Ages. Damasks derive their name from the city of Damascus—in that period a large city active both in trading (as part of the silk road) and in manufacture. Damasks became scarce after the 9th century outside of Islamic Spain, but were revived in some places in the 13th century.
|Two different dyed napkins.
Modern damasks are woven on computerized Jacquard looms. Damask weaves are commonly
|Detail: Center section is four damask napkins. Yes, the orange things are beads, sewn one at a time, by hand, by me!