Browsing articles from "February, 2010"

Pitchwai –

Feb 26, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Above, a detail from a 20th century Indian pitchwai (temple hanging) sold at auction at Christie’s earlier this week for just under $6,000. It shows Krishna on a swing surrounded by gopis.

It looks like pitchwai is also sometimes spelled without the “t”.

Bev Hisey –

Feb 24, 2010 | 1 Comment

— Another addition to a virtual feast of color!

Bolivian Blankets –

Feb 22, 2010 | 1 Comment

Bolivian blankets must be in the air as I was well into searches on the topic before coming across this post by Remodelista just a few days ago. Maybe it’s a collective hunger for strong color (as per my previous post) — or any hint of a warmer climate.

Above, a detail shot from blankets offered at Twine (via The Haystack Needle).

Also visit The Anne Lawrence Collection.

A+K Modern Rugs –

Feb 20, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Anyone who doubts the powerful emotional impact of color should take a long look at this rug from A+K Modern Rugs. It’s hard not to feel uplifted.

Profiled (the company that is) in C Magazine, March 2010.

Bungalow –

Feb 18, 2010 | Leave a Comment

I just spent an inordinate amount of time happily perusing almost every textile-related post on Katy Elliott — a leisure activity enthusiasts with a bent toward stripes,  plaids, wool blankets and/or  table linens should especially enjoy. (Just search “textile” from the home page to do the same.)

Bungalow is among Elliott’s many posts and is one site I’m particularly glad to know about. Above, a hand blocked pattern sold as curtain panels.

Boucherouite –

Feb 15, 2010 | 3 Comments

San Francisco’s Tribal & Textile Arts Show added an exclamation point to my weekend and gave me a new piece of vocabulary: Boucherouite, Morocco’s unique incarnation of the rag rug. The Austrian gallery Blazek had a booth full of amazing Moroccan carpets at the show,  along with literature about Boucherouite. Click here for their write-up on the art form, and for additional images.

Alberto Levi (previously posted about here) was also at the show and is another source for carpets of this kind.

Tribal Chase –

Feb 13, 2010 | Leave a Comment

At Tribal Chase you can take a virtual step into the bazaars of Istanbul. Above, a detail from a late 19th century suzani.

Tenugui –

Feb 10, 2010 | 1 Comment

Tenugui is brand new to me but I still know it’s love. Makari Japanese Antiques in NYC has what looks like a sumptuous collection. More modest (but still very appealing) variations can be found at Tortoise General Store in Venice, California. Here’s Makari’s description of the cloth:

Tenugui is cotton cloth, used mainly as a towel, or head coverinig, was one of the most common house hold items up until a few decades ago,  when the terry cloth towel became popular.  Now they are valued for their aesthetics (because of the various patterns and designs), rather that for practical use.  they are commonly used now as Placemats or for decoration.

Marcuson & Hall –

Feb 8, 2010 | Leave a Comment

The annual San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show took place this weekend and one of the stand-out exhibitors was Marcuson & Hall with their collection of eye-popping antique kimonos and haori. A beautiful and very informative virtual exhibition of these works is on display at their website.

Above, a summer kimono from the first quarter of the 20th century.

Kathryn M. Ireland –

Feb 6, 2010 | 4 Comments

There’s really no point  resisting the exuberance of Kathryn M. Ireland’s newest collection of fabrics. — A tangible reminder it’s always sunny (and summer-y) at least somewhere.