Ottoman. [From Ottoman empire, Turkish empire, a word applied to anything regarded as distinctly Turkish in character] A fine, soft undressed silk dress fabric, woven in large cords, extending from selvage to selvage. The weave is similar to that of faille and marseilles, except that it is more pronounced. Ottoman Stripes are dress fabrics, of cotton or of wool, in which the usually narrow stripes are made lustrous by being woven in a fine twill (damasked), which in contrast with the ground are visible by the opposite reflections of light.