Tulus at Double Knot –

Sep 9, 2009 | 1 Comment

The New York City carpet gallery Double Knot has an interesting assortment of long-haired tribal carpets on their website — a la the detail shown above. This type of carpet has been on the periphery of my awareness for awhile but this is the first time I’ve actually taken a few moments to look for some history and definitions. For starters, the carpet shown above is referenced as a “Tulu” carpet and other web references link the word “Tulu” to Turkey in particular and to the function of the carpet as a sleeping mat. Complicating things, however, is another name for a similar long-haired type, the Konya “Yatak”. Konya is a region of Turkey, but I guess the carpets produced in this subset are called Yataks, not Tulus… I’m going to stop here since this is basically all hearsay at the moment. I’ll work on firmer definitions but in the meantime the carpets are worth admiring, whatever their title.

Kate Blee –

Sep 5, 2009 | Leave a Comment

I’m excited about discovering Kate Blee and her wonderful website showcasing her textiles for wall, floor and body. Above, her “Multiply” carpet.

Rosemary Hallgarten –

Sep 3, 2009 | Leave a Comment

…Another wonderful textile designer to add to my ever-growing list.  I also happen to have first-hand knowledge that Rosemary is not only exceedingly talented, she’s also wonderful to work with! Plus, her company’s dedication to  social and environmental responsibility and philanthropy is both inspirational and educational.

Above, a view of her Glaze Dhurrie design.

Claudy Jongstra –

Sep 1, 2009 | 2 Comments

Claudy Jongstra is using far-out materials to make far-out felt and she’s getting commissions, exhibitions and artistic acclaim in the process.  Here’s a well-worded summary of her work written by Lisa White (for Interview Magazine); it’s included in the Our Vision section of Jongstr’as website:

Partly primitive, partly animal, part magic, the felt fabrics of Claudy Jongstra are unique in their rough sophistication. Some seem to come straight from the back of the beast, others are worked with a finesse that makes them a statement in raw elegance. For Jongstra uses only raw materials – raw silk, raw linen, raw camelhair, raw cashmere and especially raw wool – which she treats with original techniques that result in some of the most creative felts ever seen. Felt is her instinctive fabric, one she never tires of reinventing.

The Ann Dunham Collection –

Aug 28, 2009 | Leave a Comment

The Textile Museum in Washington D.C. briefly served as the final stop for a national tour of the exhibition titled A Lady Found a Culture in its Cloth: Barack Obama’s Mother and Indonesian Batiks. Although the show is no longer on display you can still get a small taste of it here with NPR’s write-up, audio story and slide show on the exhibition.

The Loaded Trunk –

Aug 26, 2009 | Leave a Comment

A virtual trunk show awaits at The Loaded Trunk – !

via a helpful comment at The Style Files.

Pomegranate Textiles –

Aug 23, 2009 | 1 Comment

Another source for suzanis and ikats — as well as a few carpets.

Textiles in the News –

Aug 22, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have written an inspiring (and eye-opening) article – The Women’s Crusade – for this weekend’s The New York Times Magazine. It begins with a profile of Saima Muhammad (pictured above) who, with the help of a micro-finance loan, was able to begin an embroidery business that utterly transformed her life.

Photograph by Katy Grannan for The New York Times.

Tribal Trappings –

Aug 20, 2009 | 2 Comments

Holy smokes, tribal trappings is a good website! It has lots and lots – and lots – of textiles (keep looking for the “more” button at the bottom of each page, I missed that the first time around). There’s also  interesting / informative detail given about many of the different categories of textiles shown. I’m enamored with several of the Chinese pieces, in part because they’re really expanding my idea of what a “Chinese” textile might be.  The image above is a Chinese bridal blanket made by the Maonan ethnic group.

Mirella Spinella –

Aug 18, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Venetian based textile designer Mirella Spinella has an amazing collection of  jewel tone velvets in patterns that will put you in the center of the spice trade, circa 1500.

Within the United States you can purchase (or pine over) her wares at Sue Fisher King. Prices are not for the faint of heart.