Collection Medieval Central Asia and China created silks of incomparable splendour
The Middle Ages saw technically and artistically sophisticated methods of metalworking, glass manufacture and silk-weaving spread from the Persia of Late Antiquity throughout Central Asia and northern China. The textiles, in particular, were remarkable for their dazzling array of colours and intricate patterns. Medallions containing animal motifs seem to have been especially popular. The silks were used to make regalia, standards and even saddlecloths.