Sofra Bezi

Early 19th century Ottoman sofra bezi. Early 19th century Ottoman sofra bezi.

A sofra bezi is a circular, embroidered floor spread that was used as a table setting in traditional, urban Ottoman houses. They were spread on the floor. Early examples of these floor spreads were rectangular and made out of narrow, embroidered strips of cloth. These were called sofra.

See also: tepsi örtüsü.


  • KRODY, Sumru Belger (2000). Flowers of Silk and Gold: Four Centuries of Ottoman Embroidery, The Textile Museum, Washington, cat. no. 41, pp.82 and 143.
  • KRODY, Sumru Belger (2016). 'Ottoman embroidery,' in: Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood (ed.), Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World, London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 168-181.
  • TAYLOR, Roderick (1993). Ottoman Embroidery, London: Interlinked Publishing Group, pp. 25-139 and pp. 123-129 in particular.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 25 June 2016).


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