Collection of Antique Textiles from All Major Textile Producing Countries
Antique Textiles - Textiles are among the most beautiful, versatile and historic art forms and handicrafts that are still widely available. Although the oldest artifacts have disintegrated, many antique textiles are exceptionally well preserved, portable and highly decorative examples of artistic ingenuity. There are ethnic textiles like ikat cloths and clothing that feature a magnificent combination of resist dyeing and weaving while others feature exquisite surface decorations. Craftspeople used dyes, paints, resists, decorative embroidery stitches, weaving techniques and imaginative processes to create the most unimaginable works of art. The diversity of antique textiles is unparalleled. Some items like salt bags, saddle covers and Turkoman chyrpy jackets combine form and function while other textiles are purely decorative works of art that have no other purpose but to delight the viewer's eyes.
Cut velvet textiles are exceptionally beautiful examples of weaving and creative artistry while other antique textiles feature embroidered accents and surface embellishments made from fine silk floss or metallic threads. Antique Indian shawls feature a superb combination of fine fibers and outstanding designs while other woven textiles and ingrain carpets are more restrained. Across the world, people have fashioned textiles to commemorate important events, to recognize outstanding achievements and to decorate the person and spaces of high-ranking individuals. Textiles are relics of ethnic groups, empires, colonial conquerors and indigenous people. Antique textiles are part of our world heritage and represent one of the most diverse art forms in existence.
Antique Textiles, Embroideries, and Suzani: Some of the oldest textiles in existence are the 4th-century Coptic pieces from Egypt. These pieces arose from the early Christian populations living in Egypt and have survived nearly two millenia. More recent textiles include shawls and American flatweaves. There are also many other types of collectible textiles such as saddle bags and clothing. All of these pieces are prized by collectors for their uniqueness and provenance.
56 Rugs Found in Textiles - Antique
Created in China, this antique embroidered textile features an elegantly styled medallion filled with graceful butterflies, ornate flowers and fluid vine scrolls.
This antique Coptic textile depicts a primitive portrait embellished with simplistic details that add a stylistic richness to this unique textile piece from Egypt.
Created in Persia, this splendid antique Safavid textile depicts a stately arabesque bounded by formal strapwork details and enclosed by lavish floral borders.
Origin: Peruvian Rugs Size:
1 ft 2 in x 1 ft 4 in
(0.36 m x 0.41 m)
Bold geometric patterns rendered in alluring earth tones decorate this antique Peruvian textile creating a stunning allover pattern lined with decorative tassels.
Despite its small size, this dazzling antique Persian textile is a lovely example: the quality of its drawing is apparent in the beautifully rendered golden detail work that appears throughout.
This sumptuous antique Oriental silk textile from China has an exquisitely drawn classical Chinese design of staggered lotus palmettes, vines and cloudbands.
Lavish woven patterns and shimmering embellishments decorate this superb antique Syrian textile creating a pattern that represents a convergence of art and culture.
This brilliant vintage example of Colombian needlework features a whimsical scene with colorful animals, people, plants and buildings set over a chic jewel-tone background.
An exciting work, this vintage piece features the sort of design that makes Italian dinner textiles so unique: a fun and boisterous depiction of traditional Italian ingredients in their natural habitat.
This lush antique Ottoman Embroidery from Turkey has a complex, closely arrayed design of flowerheads.
This sumptuous antique Oriental Indian velvet textile is based upon the silk twill textiles of the early Byzantine and early Umayyad or Islamic periods.
Unique and full of excitement, this charming embroidery is replete with traditional, culturally important symbols and patterns, all presented in a unique format.
This intriguing vintage rug, a Peruvian arpillera, depicts the working class women of Lima, Peru going about their daily chores.
This spectacularly styled vintage French tapestry features a fantastical naturalistic landscape scene decorated with stylized plants and ornate avian creatures.
The compositon on this elegant antique Kashmir "Millefleurs" shawl is meant to be seen as a delicate tree of life emanating from an amphora-like vase between sprays of palm leaves.
This delicately designed antique Uzbek Prayer Embroidery Textile features two thin black frames filled with white geometrical designs, and a rich gold background with colorfully patterned egg shapes, and a grey arch shape in the middle.
This graphic vintage Peruvian textile features a splendid mirror-image pattern with angular llamas and quirky animal figures set over a lenticular background.
Somewhere between abstract and concrete, this alluring tapestry depicts a pair of dancers set against a background of rectilinear elements of various shades of red. The dancers are beautifully rendered.
This sublime antique Suzani, made in Uzbekistan, is an exemplary piece from a style that is presently enjoying great popularity. Its stylized blossoms are enchanting, as is its soothing pallet.