Browsing articles in "Central Asian Textiles"

Lila Handcrafts –

Dec 22, 2010 | Leave a Comment


Lila Handcrafts, a cooperative of women working in Sindh Pakistan, creates striking Ralli Quilts sold online here and at the Santa Fe Folk Art Market. Profits help fund their village primary school.

Click here for Wikipedia’s entry on Ralli Quilts.

Robert Kime at Christie’s –

Oct 15, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Robert Kime’s fabric collection is among my favorites for its timeless mix of prints and patterns from England, India, Asia and beyond.  On October 27th Christie’s reaches beyond Kime’s brand name by holding an extensive auction of antiques and collectibles from his estate. Above, a grouping of three Indian Silk Brocade Saris with an auction estimate of $640 – $960.

To Dye For –

Sep 22, 2010 | 1 Comment

Click here for my article for Hand/Eye magazine on a really wonderful textile exhibition – To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color – now on view at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

Tessera –

Jun 30, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Wholesale company Tessera has a cache of antique and reproduction textiles including grain sacks, suzanis, and ikats. They don’t sell anything directly from their website (nor do they show much of their inventory online) but if you’re looking for something in particular they might be able to help!

Via four walls and a roof.

See-Mingei –

Mar 12, 2010 | Leave a Comment

I’m really excited about this one! See-Mingei is kind of like a hip picture-based encyclopedia — one with an exceptionally clear and concise layout, and lots of great images of textiles. Pictured above is a detail of a late 19th century silk ikat from Uzbekistan, shown in See-Mingei’s section on Central Asia.

Via Textile Hunter (thank you!).

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.

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.

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.

Printed Cloth for the Bazaars –

Jul 29, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Sara of 5 o’clock crows posted some great large-scale images (detail above) from the book Russian Textiles: Printed Cloth for the Bazaars of Central Asia by Susan Meller. I’ve seen the book in passing but now it’s officially on my wish list — what amazing color and pattern! (And might I comment on the coincidence of how color coordinated this detail shot is with my previous two posts!)

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