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Mansour Vintage –

Jul 15, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Above is a detail shot of a vintage 12′ x 15′ carpet from the Agra region of India,  for sale at Mansour. Both the intense color and all-over symmetrical pattern make the piece quite striking and fresh. (Maybe it’s the summer heat but deep cool colors like this seem especially irristible at the moment.)

It’s been almost exactly a year (already!) since my first post on Mansour carpets and I find myself doing a second post now on another of their vintage  (rather than contemporary) pieces. Their Mansour Modern division has some wonderful designs but it always seems to be the older one-of-a-kind items that feel more like a find, though of course without custom capabilities.

On another note (practical but useful): Mansour has a section on “Regional Histories” worth checking out.  Here you can read an explanation of “Agra” as associated with the carpet above.

The Maharaja Tent Company –

Jul 1, 2009 | Leave a Comment

A helpful comment received today on a previous dhurrie-related post points me to The Maharaja Tent Company (or just “The Maharaja Company” depending where you look on the site, though I prefer the sound of the former). In any case, they’re fabricators of Indian dhurries and “bespoke Raj style Indian tents”. Some dhurries are kept in stock and custom orders in standard sizes and colors can be produced quite quickly — three weeks according to the website. They can make full-on custom pieces too. They also have antique dhurries, like the one pictured above. I’ll leave the tents (glorious as they are) for separate exploration.

Sally Campbell –

Jun 4, 2009 | 1 Comment

Designer Sally Campbell has produced her own line of “village made” textiles from India. Lots of colorful items and even a few neutrals. She also has a section of vintage pieces.

Anokhi –

May 19, 2009 | 3 Comments

In the world of design-related blogging there are few things more tantalizing than finding a print article that’s dedicated to an area of interest, richly photographed and capped off with a pertinent website. So when I saw this article in The New York Time’s Summer 2009 travel magazine this weekend about the Jaipur-based company Anokhi I wasted no time in tearing it out. But alas, Anokhi’s website doesn’t give you much to look at — just a long list of shops and stockists. The US supplier does have a site that gets you closer to the product, but no fabric by the yard. Though I shouldn’t complain: they do sell scarves and at such generous sizes and prices one could really do a lot with them.

Rajboori –

May 13, 2009 | Leave a Comment

From Time magazine’s April 2009 review of noteworthy green design: “Richly colored bedding from Rajboori combines jacquard weaves with geometric patterns and uses an exclusively developed silk, derived via a sustainable process that leaves silkworms unharmed.”

Fabric of Life –

Apr 28, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Continuing in the vein of my previous post, the website Fabric Of Life has some wonderful Indian, Asian, and South American textiles for sale — including some bright and whimsical pieces for young children. The image above is a close-up of a hand embroidered Indian panel they date to the 1960’s.

Color & Light –

Apr 23, 2009 | 2 Comments

Color & Light, an exhibition on South Asian embroidery at the Rubin Museum of Art is up until May 11th and is really worthwhile if you’re in NYC. The show is full of beautiful pieces designed for domestic / personal use (clothing, floor cloths, coverings for linens and bedding, etc.) as well as more ceremonial items, many intended for use in wedding processions or prescribed for a woman’s dowry. The countless hours needed to produce such works — many of which have an almost mind boggling level of detail and intricacy — stand in strong contrast to the fast paced / instant gratification society so many of us live in today.

P.S. Thank you LeeAnn for encouraging me to check this out!

Joss Graham –

Mar 2, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Here’s the image from Joss Graham’s print ad for his upcoming exhibition “Waves of Colour: Lahariya Turbans of Rajasthan” on view at the New York Arts of Pacific Asia show, March 14-18. Yet another example of how Selvedge magazine’s advertisements can be just as enticing as official content.

Plus, a reminder of chevron stripe posts of yore.

Rosa Pomar –

Sep 8, 2008 | 1 Comment

Rosa commented on my previous post and introduced me to her beautiful blog and the wax prints she sells on a parallel site. It’s all eye candy to me — and tantalizingly out of reach since her blog is in Portuguese. The fabric above is so pretty though, especially the crisp contrast between the vibrant blue and orange. It looks like Rosa gives a wonderful description of it – but I’m afraid google translator hasn’t served me very well: something about “Reza” (the type of cloth?) being born in Kenya in the mid 19th century — and having something to do with Portuguese trade. Or is it that they are Indian scarves that were traded as currency in Kenya? Something like that.

9/17/08 ADDENDUM

Rosa wrote me with some added explanation of the fabric:

The fabric in the photo is a traditional headscarf from Mozambique (a former portuguese colony in East Africa), and my post is about the history of the kanga/chitenge, also known as pagne or capulana. Chitenge was originally made from six headscarves like the one in the photo sewn together ( ).

Thank you Rosa!

Les Indiennes –

Jul 9, 2008 | Leave a Comment

A beautiful website full of great textiles made in a sustainable way. (Check out the site’s “flip book” and the bio on company founder Mary Mulcahy for added inspiration.)