Browsing articles from "December, 2007"

Arraiolos Carpets –

Dec 20, 2007 | Leave a Comment


I had the opportunity to meet Peter Pap (of Peter Pap Oriental Rugs) this week and checked out his website this evening. One of his featured carpets is the one shown above, an “Arrayollos Carpet” (more commonly spelled – at least on internet searches – “Arrailos”). The name was unfamiliar to me but it refers to an area of Portugal known historically for its textile and embroidery traditions. This particular needlepoint carpet is dated to the 17th century. The bold pattern and strong blue and yellow palette is very appealing, I think!

Parna –

Dec 18, 2007 | Leave a Comment


Parna is a great online shop filled with vintage English table and kitchen linens, pillow covers, embroidery, and cut yardage. While all pretty humble, the authenticity of the items is really refreshing — just good old fashioned design. Like homemade bread.

Flocked Flannel –

Dec 13, 2007 | Leave a Comment


We’re not having ice storms, snow, or even rain, but by San Francisco standards it’s cold! A nippy 47 degrees. The chill has led me back to a fabric I ooh’d and ahh’d over earlier this year: Nobilis’ “Atout Flanelle”. It’s a super soft wool flannel with a very delicate flocked pattern. It would be beautiful on a headboard or chairs or even as drapery. Very sophisticated-lodge/cabin in feel. And while I’m unsure about flocking in general (and there seems to be a lot of it these days) it’s very subtle here.

Textiles in Painting –

Dec 11, 2007 | Leave a Comment


I’m always drawn to representations of fabric in paintings and especially so in traditional Indian miniatures. I found this image after doing a few searches on the Rubin Art Museum — a fairly new museum in NYC which I haven’t had a chance to go yet. While their stated focus is on the art of the Himalayas it looks like they cast a wider net in their temporary exhibitions and publishing. In any case, I love the way both the men’s clothing and the carpet they stand on is shown here. It may be simplistic / naive by some Western art history standards but it’s completely expressive in my book. And speaking of books, I’m adding this one to my wish list! Here’s a link to a review the New York Times did about the exhibition at the time; it provides a good primer to the Sikh religion.

Laura Foster Nicholson –

Dec 6, 2007 | 2 Comments


With Christmas three weeks away I’ve been looking around for gift ideas on-line and visiting museum gift shops, etc. The Cooper-Hewitt Museum store is selling these ribbons by Laura Foster Nicholson — a name that quickly led me to a whole trove of wonderful ribbons and some great ribbon-related gift ideas (although, for me at least, too late to incorporate into any gifting plans for this year). In any case, Laura’s website and blog is great and has given me a renewed itch for beautiful ribbons, a sewing machine and some free time! Her suzani-inspired ribbons are especially drool-inducing. In San Francisco we’re lucky to have The Ribbonerie — a great ribbon store, although I don’t know if they sell Laura’s designs.

Update, 1/03/09: check out these additional links to Nicholson:

Vanderhurd Studio –

Dec 4, 2007 | 4 Comments


I’ve been poking around the web looking at dhurrie carpets this evening — more about that in my next post probably. But for now, this chevron stripe one by Vandehurd Studio is my favorite. The fresh sherbet colors just beg for bare feet and summer.