More Designers are Using Rug Art or Vintage Textiles on Walls and Redefining Textile Art

Textile Art and antique rugs are part of an artistic weaving tradition that spans the globe.

Over thousands of years, textiles completed an incredible evolution from a humble handcraft to a high art with extreme aesthetic and cultural value. Artistic textile weaving is a diverse tradition that accommodates all of the cultures that embrace the craft. Textiles are pure cultural artifacts that reflect local superstitions and often have artistic immunity from outside influences.

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In its most rudimentary form, textile weaving was a way to produce clothing and practical cloths for daily use. As technology advanced, textiles became more and more artistic. Embroidered embellishments and complex woven decorations helped these cultural textiles become a great art form. The function of these artistic textiles is not purely decorative, however. Some shamanic cloths from Laos were used in rituals while Kente cloth garments were made for prestigious members of the community.

Vintage Textiles from Europe often feature refined decorations and elaborate compositions that are purely decorative. Chinese rank badges, on the other hand, use flamboyant symbols that were part of a complex status system. Even the small country of Uzbekistan has a unique textile tradition in the decorative Suzani embroideries, which certainly qualify as works of art.

These beautiful textiles are highly complex assemblages that require many labor-intensive processes. Phenomenal Ikat fabrics and the flamboyant fabrics used in Chyrpi coats require dyed threads to be arranged in elaborate patterns before the weaving begins. African Kente cloths are woven in narrow pieces that are stitched together, and this time-consuming technique produces a distinctive checkerboard effect.

Textiles have alluring decorative features that are supported by layers of symbolism. These works of art don’t only have fabulous colors and exceptional decorations. They also have a particular texture and visual style that can enrich any interior.

These outstanding textiles are multi-dimensional works of art that are made to be appreciated vintage textiles from around the world still represent the foundation of ancient traditions that these handicrafts were built upon.

Textile Arts: The Birth of Decor and More.

Textiles are highly decorative, universal pieces of art made across the world, throughout every culture. While some textile art is solely meant for display, others are functional, created in the form of saddle covers, bags, and jackets. Textile arts are directly associated with the history of international trade as well, due to its portability.

Tapestry art has flourished over the decades, and even centuries. While the earlier pieces are now ancient antiques, there are vintage textiles as well. Throughout history, the textile arts have been used to commemorate important events, individuals, and places of significance. As a result, these exquisite and rare pieces of art have become prized collectors items.

Textile Arts - Henry Prince of Wales, Nazmiyal
This portrait demonstrates the functional, decorative, and social aspects of textile arts. Pictured: Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales by Robert Peake the Elder, 1610.

Since the birth of civilization, Textile arts have been a fundamental part of culture and how we express ourselves. So without further ado, let us share just a few of our favorite textile pieces from the Nazmiyal Collection…

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