Browsing articles in "Middle Eastern Textiles"

Textiles of the Islamic World –

Nov 12, 2010 | 2 Comments

— A new book from esteemed textile historian John Gillow. Perfect for upcoming holiday wish (and gift) lists.

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.

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.

Tribal Chase –

Feb 13, 2010 | Leave a Comment

At Tribal Chase you can take a virtual step into the bazaars of Istanbul. Above, a detail from a late 19th century suzani.

Textiles in the News –

Aug 22, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have written an inspiring (and eye-opening) article – The Women’s Crusade – for this weekend’s The New York Times Magazine. It begins with a profile of Saima Muhammad (pictured above) who, with the help of a micro-finance loan, was able to begin an embroidery business that utterly transformed her life.

Photograph by Katy Grannan for The New York Times.

Turkish Seraser –

Jun 21, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Above, a detail of a 16th century kaftan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Here’s their description:

This magnificent panel from a kaftan is an example of very high-grade seraser production in Istanbul. Seraser is a cloth of gold and silver woven in a compound structure consisting of two warps and two or more complementary wefts. It was highly favored at the Ottoman court. The design of peacock feathers alludes to the bird who resided in paradise until he was expelled, along with Adam and Eve, for failing to follow God’s commandments.

Disregarding its deeper cultural and religious meaning for a moment, I’d like to regard the object simply on a visual level: The bold, stylized design! The buttery yellow with hints of green! Weekend eye candy five centuries old.

Iran, 13th Century –

Jun 17, 2009 | Leave a Comment

News from Iran over the past three days has been quite absorbing, and it’s really a complete marvel to watch such dramatic and momentous events unfold from so many thousands of miles away. As I send my heartfelt wishes for the safety of all involved, I’m also reminded of the incredibly rich artistic history rooted in the region, one that makes American culture look very very young.

Above, a silk brocade attributed to 13th century Iran — from The Khalili Collections. Click on the slide show of their Islamic art collection to see many more amazing pieces.

Larusi –

Jan 10, 2008 | Leave a Comment



Some beautiful Moroccan flat weave carpets from Larusi, also cited in the latest issue of The World Of Interiors. I love the simple elegance of these floor coverings.

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.