Sassanian silk industry, established in Iran.
Great importance to Islamic rulers.
Practice of distributing silk robes to courtiers and official as a mark of royal appointment or favor.
Textiles also important as a means to implement Sassanian motifs into other cultures.
Religious constraints stimulated new forms of art
Forbidden to drink from gold and silver vessels, okay to eat off gold/silver.
Wood, glass, ceramic had to be made for the more pious.
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