Beautiful Small Size Antique Tribal African Textile, Country of Origin / Rug Type: African Rugs and Textile, Circa Date: Early 20th Century – In African tribes, the art of weaving is integral with the traditions of storytelling. The colors and symbols used in the weaving speak to the viewer in a language that is unique and universal. This beautiful example of early 20th century tribal African textile weaving is rich with the stories of long ago.
The intricate designs of African textiles are woven on the most basic looms. They are also created using simple weaving techniques to produce the most complex designs. Each of the strands is carefully hand spun and dyed using natural materials.
Much care and many hours of work went into the crafting of this extraordinary antique tribal African textile. Typically, the spinning of wool, dying and weaving processes are carried out by different people in African communities. Working together to create their beautiful artwork is part of the reason why each one of these antique textiles is so unique.
This specific antique tribal African textile uses a dark blue background to highlight shades of reds and corals. It also contains tiny accents of white which add a little pop that help to make this piece even more alluring.
Old African textiles typically use high contrast colors on darker backgrounds to highlight the details of the design. This particular piece features arks or boats with animals and primitive geometric people sailing in them.
It give a symmetrical feeling both horizontally and vertically. That said, the piece itself is not mirrored as there are little variations designs. Geometric speckled zigzag linear designs create the borders and set the tribal design apart from the rest.
This is a beautiful piece of traditional African artwork. It is small enough to be hung on a wall as a tribal antique tapestry rug and it can also be used to grace a tabletop. Regardless of how you choose to display it, this small size antique tribal African textile will add a flavor of tribal authenticity and tradition to any tribal or specifically African influenced interior design.