Topkapı Palace Museum

Analyses of 16th-century Ottman silk brocade fabrics
Analyses of 16th-century Ottoman velvets
Analysis of the caftan of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror
Analyses of Sultan’s caftans
Analyses of various 16-19th-century Ottoman fabrics

Dyestuff analyses were performed on textile works in Topkapı Palace Museum. The results were written up in reports relating to their restoration and preservation.

The analyses of the caftan of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror (Inventory number 13/6) yielded the following:
Red: Ararat kermes (Porphyrophora hameli Brand)
Yellow: Weld (Reseda luteola)
The dyestuffs and source plants found on this caftan coincide with the source plants used during that period. The dating of this caftan by art historians is further supported by the analysis of dyestuffs from the period.
At the conclusion of the analysis, a report was prepared for the restoration of the piece.