Browsing articles from "November, 2011"

An Auction & A Sale –

Nov 29, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Peter Collingwood weaving, weaver

The Auction: On December 13th Phillips de Pury & Company will be auctioning a large wall-hanging (partially pictured above) created by master weaver Peter Collingwood in 1959. The estimated sale price of between $20,000 – $30,000 should be an inspiration to textile collectors everywhere.

The Sale: D. Bryant Archie, a purveyor of woven blankets and pillows, is offering a 30% discount on her entire stock (plus free standard shipping) through Wednesday night, 11/30. (Ending at midnight eastern standard time.)

Etsy Highlights, Part 1 of 3 –

Nov 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment

1014 Organic Textiles, organic fabric

With the holiday season officially upon us, here’s the first of three weekly installments highlighting textile-happy Etsy vendors ready to whet your gifting appetite:

1014 Organic Textiles: Screen printed fabric and pillows, bright and graphic (& pictured above)

Lucky Sea Bean: handprinted & handknitted pillows, fresh and feminine

Maya Muse: handprinted pillows, a knitter’s delight

Helena Carrington: travel-themed pillows


Commune In Print –

Nov 24, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Commune interiors, Pamela Shamshiri

Commune’s earthy, textile-rich aesthetic is prominently featured in a 10-page spread in House Beautiful’s December / January edition and makes this particular issue well worth seeking out. (I know the article will have a long life in my clipping file.)  A cropped image of the master bedroom is pictured above. Photography is by Amy Neunsinger.

Aquasilk at ABC –

Nov 22, 2011 | Leave a Comment

ABC Carpet, Aquasilk


Hot off the looms from ABC Carpet & Home is a new collection called Aquasilk.  Woven in India, the carpets are made from recycled sari silk and then over-dyed in washes of color. It’s a natural progression from their much-publicized Color Reform collection of a few years ago; now there are even more dreamy patterns to choose from.

Wuhao Tenugui –

Nov 20, 2011 | 1 Comment

Wuhao Tenugui, Japanese Towel

The online shop Wuhao specializes in Tenugui, traditional Japanese towels primed for a variety of alternate uses  (wrapping cloths, wall hangings, runners, etc.). A word of warning: I’m told they can be highly addictive! Click here for the example pictured above.

Fragment, Circa 1600 –

Nov 17, 2011 | Leave a Comment

17th century turkish textile fragment

An afternoon visit to The Metropolitan Museum’s recently reopened Islamic art galleries has left visions of beautiful textiles spinning inside my head. The textile fragment above (from Turkey, circa 1600-1625) is especially striking for its “modern” approach to pattern design, abstraction and scale — never mind that it’s 400 years old!

Klaus Haapaniemi –

Nov 15, 2011 | Leave a Comment

klaus haapaniemi textile, silk scarf

It’s a thrill to discover Klaus Haapaniemi’s work, and his beautifully designed website. It’s Josef Frank-esque but still feels freshly minted.

Via textile and terrain.

Monroe by Kasthall –

Nov 13, 2011 | Leave a Comment

kasthall carpet, shag carpet


Handtufted in wool, linen, polyester and lurex, Kasthall’s Monroe collection adds a whole new allure to shag carpet. Click here for their latest catalog; Monroe starts on page 97.

Eskayel –

Nov 10, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Eskayel, water color fabric

Shanan Campanaro is an artist working in multiple mediums, including fabric. Above, a close-up of Aquarius, one of her many ethereal designs.

Via cloth & kind.

William Foxton –

Nov 8, 2011 | Leave a Comment

william foxton textile, constance irving textile

According to the V&A website:

The firm of William Foxton Ltd., founded in 1903, produced some of the most innovative artist-designed textiles of the 1920s. It commissioned artists such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Claude Lovat Fraser, F. Gregory Brown and Minnie McLeish.

The fabric above (so fresh!) was designed by Constance Irving in 1926.

Click here for a Minnie McLeish panel now for sale at Vintage Textiles.