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Bed tents are a feature of life in Dodecanese houses, in which the marriage bed is placed in the corner of the room, on a platform. Shaped linen hangings hung from a wooden ring suspended from the ceiling and provide privacy and display the rich embroidery of the bride's family.
Several such bed tents are held by major institutions throughout the world, such as the Metropolitan Museum, (Ref 04.4.297), known as the de Dino tent. Another is held by the Victoria & Albert Museum (Misc.10-1921), illustrated in A Guide to Greek Island Embroidery, Pauline Johnstone, Catalogue No 1. The Benaki Museum in Athens illustrates another, No 822 in Crete-Dodecanese-Cyclades Embroideries, 1966.
However, the example which bears the most resemblance to this bed tent is illustrated in Aegean Crossroads, Greek Island Textiles in the Textile Museum, Washington, James Trilling, Catalogue No 47, plate 19.