Antique Indian Silk and Velvet Textile, Europe, circa Nineteenth Century – Here is a fascinating and beautiful antique textile – an antique silk and velvet textile that was woven in India during the nineteenth century. Featuring a stunning design of deeply contrasting and elegant detail elements, this Indian textile exemplifies the creative possibilities inherent in textile weaving. The composition of the textile is actually very straightforward, though the designs within are notably complex and well-formed. Lacking any sort of conventional bordering, this silk and velvet Indian textile consists simply of a longhand narrow field of pale golden ivory. Further, there is but one other color group present in the entire composition: dark reds. Throughout the long and narrow field, sinuous vine scrolls of deep red interact with one another, culminating in extraordinarily rich and detailed figures. While abstract, the strong sophistication and elegance of these figures suggest chandeliers and candelabras; ornamental pieces with a rich flourish. Contrasting as profoundly as they do with the pale field, these detail figures of burgundy are powerful. A unique and exciting composition, this antique Indian silk and velvet textile is an intriguing example.