Antique Textiles From the 3rd century through 1920

Antique Textiles From the 3rd century through 1920 top hr

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.

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48 Rugs Found in Antique Textiles

Early Coptic Egyptian Textile 46131

Origin: Egyptian Rugs
Size: 0 ft 8 in x 0 ft 10 in
          (0.2 m x 0.25 m)
This antique Coptic textile depicts a primitive portrait embellished with simplistic details that add a stylistic richness to this unique textile piece from Egypt.

Persian Antique Textile 3137

Style: Antique Textiles
Origin: Iranian Rugs
Size: 3 ft 10 in x 1 ft 10 in
          (1.17 m x 0.56 m)

Antique Chinese Ming Dynasty Silk Textile 40494

Style: Chinese Rugs
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 2 ft x 2 ft 1 in
          (0.61 m x 0.63 m)
This sumptuous antique Oriental silk textile from China has an exquisitely drawn classical Chinese design of staggered lotus palmettes, vines and cloudbands.

Antique Syrian Textile 45090

Style: Antique Textiles
Origin: Syrian Textiles
Size: 1 ft 8 in x 2 ft 2 in
          (0.51 m x 0.66 m)
Lavish woven patterns and shimmering embellishments decorate this superb antique Syrian textile creating a pattern that represents a convergence of art and culture.

Vintage Colombian Embroidery 46453

Style: Cloth
Origin: Colombian Rugs
Size: 2 ft 1 in x 2 ft 3 in
          (0.63 m x 0.69 m)
This brilliant example of Colombian needlework features a whimsical scene with colorful animals, people, plants and buildings set over a chic jewel-tone background.

Antique Ottoman Embroidery 41494

Style: Ottoman Embroidery Textiles
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 2 ft 2 in x 2 ft 6 in
          (0.66 m x 0.76 m)
This lush antique Ottoman Embroidery from Turkey has a complex, closely arrayed design of flowerheads.

Antique Indian Textile 41493

Style: Handwoven Rugs
Origin: Indian Rugs
Size: 2 ft 2 in x 2 ft 6 in
          (0.66 m x 0.76 m)
This sumptuous antique Oriental Indian velvet textile is based upon the silk twill textiles of the early Byzantine and early Umayyad or Islamic periods.

Antique Azarbaijan Embroidery Textile 47374

Style: Kaitag Embroideries Textiles
Origin: Daghestan Rugs
Size: 2 ft x 3 ft
          (0.61 m x 0.91 m)

Antique Greek Embroidery 41492

Style: Greek Embroidery Textiles
Origin: European Rugs
Size: 2 ft 9 in x 3 ft
          (0.84 m x 0.91 m)

Vintage Peruvian Tapestry Rug by Arpillera 47868

Style: Designed By Artists
Origin: Peruvian Textiles
Size: 2 ft 6 in x 3 ft 4 in
          (0.76 m x 1.02 m)
This intriguing Peruvian arpillera depicts the working class women of Lima, Peru going about their daily chores.

Vintage French Tapestry Rug 46561

Style: Antique Tapestries
Origin: French Rugs
Size: 6 ft x 3 ft 6 in
          (1.83 m x 1.07 m)
This spectacularly styled vintage French tapestry features a fantastical naturalistic landscape scene decorated with stylized plants and ornate avian creatures.

Antique Gashgai/Qashqai Persian Overcoat 43930

Style: Qashqai Rugs
Origin: Antique Persian Rugs
Size: 2 ft 6 in x 3 ft 7 in
          (0.76 m x 1.09 m)
Featuring brilliant colors, intricate zef borders, detailed cuffs and colored tassels, this overcoat exemplifies the tribal style.

Antique 18th Century Millefleurs Kasmir Shawl 8052

Style: Millefleurs Textiles
Origin: Indian Rugs
Size: 2 ft 8 in x 3 ft 11 in
          (0.81 m x 1.19 m)
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.

Antique Uzbek Prayer Embroidery Textile 47392

Style: Embroidery Textiles
Origin: Uzbekistan Textiles
Size: 3 ft x 4 ft
          (0.91 m x 1.22 m)
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.

Vintage Peruvian Textile 46456

Style: Antique Textiles
Origin: Peruvian Textiles
Size: 3 ft 8 in x 4 ft 4 in
          (1.12 m x 1.32 m)
This graphic vintage Peruvian textile features a splendid mirror-image pattern with angular llamas and quirky animal figures set over a lenticular background.

Antique Uzbek Suzani Embroidery 47480

Style: Uzbek Textiles
Origin: Uzbekistan Textiles
Size: 4 ft x 5 ft
          (1.22 m x 1.52 m)
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.

Silk and Metallic Antique Uzbek Dress 47508

Style: Uzbek Textiles
Origin: Uzbekistan Textiles
Size: 4 ft 3 in x 5 ft 1 in
          (1.3 m x 1.55 m)
A beautiful and culturally important artifact, this antique metallic and silk dress from Uzbekistan is truly a one of a kind work of art.

Antique Azerbaijan Silk Kaitag Embroidery Textile 47367

Style: Kaitag Embroideries Textiles
Origin: Daghestan Rugs
Size: 4 ft x 5 ft 4 in
          (1.22 m x 1.63 m)
Stitched by Azeri artisans on the fringe of Daghestan, this elaborate antique embroidered Kaitag displays a formal medallion decorated with symbolic figures.

Silk Antique Textile 8386

Style: Antique Textiles
Origin: Iranian Rugs
Size: 3 ft 7 in x 5 ft 6 in
          (1.09 m x 1.68 m)

Antique Indian Oriental Textile 41624

Style: Handwoven Rugs
Origin: Indian Rugs
Size: 4 ft 9 in x 5 ft 7 in
          (1.45 m x 1.7 m)
Featuring an intricate all-over pattern in brilliant yellow, this Indian textile piece makes a dramatic statement.

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