Browsing articles in "Middle Eastern Textiles"

What a $33,765,000 Carpet Looks Like –

Jun 6, 2013 | 1 Comment

sotheby's carpet, sickle-leaf carpet, 17th century carpet, Persian carpet

On Wednesday Sotheby’s sold a 17th Century Persian “Sickle-Leaf” carpet for $33,765,000 — decimating the auction estimate of $5-7 million and easily setting an all-time record for “most expensive carpet ever sold”. Read more about the sale here, and watch a video of the auction here.

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Ottomania –

Apr 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

fouta towel, turkish towel

Here’s another source for fouta towels — here referred to as hammam towels. For additional (previously posted) sources click here. And for more on the history of these textiles click here.

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Werner Weber –

Apr 1, 2013 | Leave a Comment

Iran kilim, Iranian kilim, Iran flatweave caret

Werner Weber collects and sells striking Iranian kilims — and rightfully calls them archetypes of “sophisticated minimal design”. Some of the motifs found here resemble those in Native American textiles, and in Ewe Kente cloths from Africa. They’re yet another reminder that cross-cultural visual vocabularies are endlessly fascinating.

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Susan Deliss –

Jan 26, 2013 | Leave a Comment

ikat,suzani, silk ikat, vintage embroidery

World traveler and Notting Hill resident Susan Deliss collects textiles from Turkey, Egypt, and beyond — and presents a sampling of her offerings on her website, here.

Via The World of Interiors.

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Treasured Weavings –

Nov 4, 2012 | Leave a Comment

ottoman textile, ottoman 16th century, silk fragment

As highlighted by The New York Times last week, Peter Pap is presenting an exhibition and sale called “Treasured Weavings: The Mae Festa Textile Collection” at the 1stDibs gallery in New York. Read the article here, and view the collection here. Pictured above is an Ottoman silk fragment from the 16th century (shown cropped).

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Zeri Crafts –

Oct 14, 2012 | Leave a Comment

kuwait textile, middle eastern textile, sadu patterns

As a long time blog-keeper few things are more exciting than receiving an introduction from a land far, far away; it’s a reminder that the little corners we keep online really are part of a world wide web. Which brings me to Zeri Crafts. Founded in Kuwait in 2010, the company takes “inspiration from Gulf heritage, reinterpreting it in a modern and contemporary light”. Their current collection draws upon traditional Bedouin patterns and motifs.

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Safavid Embroidery –

Sep 23, 2012 | 1 Comment

islamic textile, islamic embroidery, safavid embroidery

This “Safavid embroidery silk book binding” will be offered by Sotheby’s in London ten days from now — in an auction titled “Arts of the Islamic World”. Dated to approximately 1700, the textile’s strong color and visual clarity belies its three hundred years.

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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!

Mother & Child, 17th Century –

Apr 8, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Attributed to early 17th century Iran, this velvet fragment is among several works comprising a month long exhibition on Islamic courtly textiles at Francesca Galloway in London.

Click here for a PDF of the exhibition catalog.

Tulu –

Feb 9, 2011 | 1 Comment

A beautiful website with dreamy fabrics, bedding and pillows from Istanbul.

Via Decor8.