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Alberto Levi –

May 16, 2009 | 2 Comments

This week’s New York Times review of the current New York International Tribal & Textile Arts Show (through this Sunday / wish I was there) lead me to the Alberto Levi Gallery website — quite a visual feast! The site is full of amazing images of a whole range of interesting textiles, like the 1950’s Berber carpet shown here There are also great contemporary carpets to pine over in the section on contemporary rug art.

Dots from Uzbekistan –

Mar 17, 2009 | Leave a Comment

A little eye candy to end the day: a close-up of big dots with Rothko-like colors – and coloration – from Uzbekistan. Click here for an image of the full cloth, 1’7″ x 3’7″. And more on this topic later as I know I’ve seen some contemporary large scale patterns of this sort, just can’t put my mental finger on where and when.

From Peter Pap.

The Places In Between –

Mar 11, 2008 | 1 Comment



I finished a great novel this weekend: Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud. The weather was fantastic but I spent most of Saturday inside, powerless to resist the urge to keep reading “just a little bit longer”. Now that it’s over (both the book and the weekend, sadly) I’ve pulled another unread book off the shelf: The Places In Between by Rory Stewart, chronicling Stewart’s trek across Afghanistan in 2002. I’ve yet to read the first page but I’ll still use it as an excuse to highlight this beautiful Pashtun cushion cover featured on the website marlamallett. (The site is full of beautiful pieces for sale.) While this particular textile is attributed to the Swat Valley of Pakistan, Pashtun people are found in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Tribal & Textile Arts Show, Part II –

Feb 14, 2008 | 2 Comments



Here’s more eye candy from galleries represented at last weekend’s show. I found this image of a 19th century “Shakrisabyz Embroidery” on the Mehmet Cetinkaya Gallery’s website. (Gallery is located in Istanbul.) Below top is a close-up of the textile — I especially like the golden yellow ground color and the flowering branches floating around the central medallion.

2/15 Update: I’m traveling out of town, and away from my computer, until Tuesday of next week — I look forward to adding some good new posts starting again on 2/19 or 2/20!  

Mizrahi Fine Arts, Vienna –

Nov 25, 2007 | 2 Comments

A few years ago I picked up a small brochure of works represented by Mizrahi Fine Arts, a tribal art gallery based in Vienna. (It must have been during my visit to the Tribal & Textile Arts show in New York in early 2005?) I’ve held onto it because the carpets pictured – described as “primitive goat hair textiles” made by Kurds in Eastern Anatolia – represent my version of a certain kind of carpet bliss. The simplicity of the design, the earthiness of the natural (goat hair) material, the stern and yet soothing combination of colors — it’s perfect.

Koel –

Nov 12, 2007 | Leave a Comment

After yesterday’s news-inspired post I thought of Pakistan — and the fact that I don’t really know what textiles are unique to the area, etc. Ah, the joys of internet research! With a few keywords I came upon the beautiful website of Koel, a company founded by Noorjehan Bilgrami — described on the site as an “artist, textile designer and researcher” who has helped revive handblock fabric printing in Pakistan. Above are a few images from the site.

Suzani Lust –

Oct 9, 2007 | 2 Comments

I always end up testing my financial self-control when I check in on the suzanis for sale on EBay. I casually did this earlier in the year and ended up obsessed with a beautiful pink and grey one said to be from the 1950’s. After several days of watching the price slowly rise I ended up in a last minute bidding war that left me the winner. It arrived several days later in a tight brown paper bundle sent straight from Uzbekistan — detail shot shown below. I love it but don’t know what to do with it! (My cat will claw it to death if I have it out on the bed or sofa and I don’t have a good spot to hang it on the wall at the moment.) In any case, I have no regrets but do know I should exercise restraint in the future as much as possible! Shown above is a really colorful one that’s up for sale now until October 12th. Last night it was priced at $40 but as of this posting it’s shot up to $199. Key words: “Antique 1900 Uzbek Silk Hand.”