Colorful Antique Silk Ikat Textile, Country of Origin: Uzbekistan, Circa Date: Mid 19th Century – This spectacular silk Ikat textile from Uzbekistan was produced in the mid 19th century. This magnificent antique Uzbek textile brings in traditional design elements and highlights the skill of the dyers. The design of the textile features a blue background field, surrounded by a red background border that serves as a frame for the central design. The contrasting background colors create a fabulous, eye-catching effect for any room.
The artist of this antique Textile tied the contrasting areas of the piece together by using a similar color palette in the field and borders. The colors are similar, using primarily red, blue, and white. The artist used a simple palette in terms of tonal qualities but placed an emphasis on which color was chosen as the highlight color. This gives the design uniformity, yet gives it interest at the same time.
Ikat is a dye technique that relies on a “resist” technique. This means preventing the colors of the dyes from pigmentation certain areas of the cloth. Sometimes this involves binding the material so that the colors cannot reach the fibers. Other Ikat techniques involve applying a substance, such as wax, in a design prior to submerging it in the dye bath. This prevents the dye from reaching this area of the fabric and leaves the design white. In some cases, such as with this piece, the process is repeated, adding a new color each time. It is a long process and requires a high level of skill.
This antique silk Ikat textilehas a backing and could be used on the floor or hung on a wall. It could also be used as a furniture cover or tablecloth. It is a versatile work that will add a splash of color and vibrancy to any area. It has a tribal, primitive quality that will complement a number of design styles from vintage mid century modern to modern Scandinavian design.