The Muslim West
Court Life
Silk: a royal fabric
As sartorial fashion and trends in palace decoration changed under the influence of Eastern artists and merchants, silk became the natural and preferred choice for the court. At first the production of silk was permitted only in the royal workshops, where it reached a level of quality and beauty that was as highly esteemed as the silks produced by the Eastern workshops, and often given as diplomatic gifts by sovereigns.
Silk textile with geometric pattern

Hegira 8th–9th / AD 14th–15th century
Victoria and Albert Museum
London, England, United Kingdom
The luxury fabrics used for royal garments, and the curtains, cushions and tapestries that furnished the palaces were all made out of silk.