Browsing articles in "Vintage Textiles"

Ralli Quilts –

Dec 18, 2009 | 1 Comment

The New York Times has an interesting (and heavily emailed) article today on Etsy-based small businesses. The story focuses on the craft angle but of course the site is also great for vintage pieces, including textiles. The image above is a detail of a vintage Ralli quilt currently for sale; the seller’s item description includes a nice write-up on what Ralli quilts are.

Hull Traders –

Dec 14, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Open for business from 1957 – 1980 Hull Traders (as I’ve learned this evening) was a British textile company that plumbed the talents of a wide range of artists to create graphic, colorful patterns epitomizing a ’60s-era visual aesthetic.  The pattern above was designed by two Hull contributing artists, Ivon and John Hitchens.

A traveling exhibition on Hull Traders and its artistic directer Shirley Craven is currently underway in England; to read more about the company and the show click here.

— And for a really wonderful website featuring post-war British textiles from the 1940’s – 1970’s visit the gallery of Francesca Galloway, here. I’ll definitely be exploring her site more thoroughly in coming days.

Ouno Design –

Dec 9, 2009 | 1 Comment

— Fabulously mod bedspreads from Ouno design, made from vintage scarves. (They’re all sold out at the moment but the photos are still inspiring to look at.)

Via SFGate.

Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection –

Nov 30, 2009 | Leave a Comment

The blog Each Little World pointed me to a great resource this weekend: the University of Wisconsin’s online database of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. It’s an amazing source of textile images and information, named in honor of Allen (1927-1968) who was both the genesis of the physical collection and a former professor at the University. One outcome of my own database exploration: the work of textile designer Jacqueline Groag. An example of her work is pictured above (via Birds of Ohio).

Weil & Durrs –

Nov 23, 2009 | Leave a Comment

As earlier posts (here and here), can prove, I’m occasionally ensnared by the lure of vintage table linens — losing hours to various keyword searches on the topic, scrolling through websites, etc. Today it was thoughts of the perfect holiday tablecloth that did me in. Thankfully, my time consuming linen lust has lead me to this book — and with it the chance to actually learn something about a topic that’s fuzzy in my head. Here’s the publisher’s write-up:

This beautiful book is the first to exclusively present what many agree are the very best of vintage household linens, the products of the Weil & Durrs Company of New York City, from the 1920s to 1984. Their Wilendur and other brands reign above others in the collecting world for good reason. The bold and beautifully executed patterns stand out as art of the highest quality. Their inks and dyes, as well as their base fabrics, were exceptional. This book provides a brief history of the Weil and Durrs Company and descriptive text for over 250 different tablecloths in 120 printed designs…

Antique Quilts at Ruby Lane –

Sep 15, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Pausing for another moment on the topic of antique quilts, I’m ogling over the  selection for sale via French72 at Ruby Lane. The countless hours that went into each one of these pieces is mind-bending from the perspective of mass-consumption and these hours are not at all reflected in assigned prices (though the actual makers are at this point dead, or likely many times removed from the sale).  A graphic quilt like the one above (1920’s, $595) could transform a room, contemporary or traditional. You’d have a hard time finding a new coverlet or duvet with as much impact and lasting value.

Gypsy Rosalie –

Jul 31, 2009 | 1 Comment

What is it about linens from the 1940’s and 1950’s (and even the 1960’s I suppose) that give them such a distinct – and distinctly appealing – look? I was musing about this last Sunday while admiring a collection of tablecloths, napkins, and handkerchiefs  handed down to a friend from her mother. Part of it is just the quality of softly worn age that cotton can take on after decades of washing and pressing, but there’s also the texture and weight of the fabric itself. And what exactly is it about such a range of patterns that make them so easily pinned to that time period? (A good topic for research.)

With these questions in mind I went on a brief tear around the internet and found the following links. No historical overviews here, but lots of patterns to look at:

Gypsy Rosalie (the above image is a detail shot of an already-sold table cloth from the site)

Echoes of the Past Online

Gramas Attic


Laurel Leaf Farm

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.

L’Aviva Home –

Feb 14, 2009 | Leave a Comment

I met Laura Aviva in the blogosphere this week and am excited to explore her website for the first time. I love her concept of an on-line trunk show — both because it has a very personal feeling to it and because it sidesteps some of the usual expectations and constraints of a standard on-line store. Her current show is titled “Textile and Object.”

French Garden House –

Oct 7, 2008 | Leave a Comment

French Garden House is a great source for French linens, including heavy grain sacks. I’ll try to scan the magazine photo that inspired my evening’s search for this type of thing soon — it should be around here somewhere. An old posting on the British website Parna also relates.