Browsing articles in "Vintage Textiles"

Rugrabbit –

Apr 19, 2008 | 1 Comment

Here’s quite a find: The site is a clearinghouse for individual carpet and textile dealers and enthusiasts to post items available for sale. The textile above is described as, “silk-velvet Ikat, Bukhara c1870 mounted. 81x33cm”. The seller is Tina Tabone,

The Textile Society Antique Textile Fair –

Mar 8, 2008 | Leave a Comment


Oh, I so wish I could magically transport myself to Manchester England this weekend! The Textile Society (the British one) is having their Antique Textile Fair this Sunday, March 9th. Here’s their description of what to expect: “Stand after stand heaped high with fabulous textiles and garments from all over the world. Racks of vintage and ethnic clothing, silks from the mysterious East, bundles of braids, loops of ribbons, boxes of buttons, silks and satins, embroideries and knitting, along with old household linens from France.” Absolute heaven! But instead I’ll just enjoy the image above of a “1920s African shield inspired furnishing fabric”. This from Meg Andrews, one of the textile dealers represented at the show. (I found the image on Hali Magazine’s website, where they discuss the 3/9 fair.)

Francis Price –

Mar 6, 2008 | 4 Comments


I’m not clear who Francis Price is exactly – although I feel like I just saw some recent published reference to him – but regardless, I came upon an interesting source of contemporary (yet vintage) textiles and carpets this evening at the UK website classic-modern. This Price textile is one of the featured items, although already marked as sold. To me it looks like a 1960’s interpretation of one of Turner’s Venetian sunsets. And back to an ongoing obsession over interesting color combinations: the deep fuschia and amber gold seen here is one for the permanent file.

La Maitrise –

Feb 28, 2008 | Leave a Comment


Continuing on the theme of my last entry, here’s a floral print on the other end of the economic spectrum from a site I like to check in on every few months, Kathleen Taylor’s The Lotus Collection. Here’s their description of this cloth: “Early 20th century printed cotton ‘La Maitrise’ with large white rose heads outlined in bright fuscia on burnt orange squares and blue leaves all on a yellow ground. This panel represents the “master” print of this design.” 37″ x 32 1/2″ wide. $2250.

Tammis Keefe –

Jan 30, 2008 | 3 Comments



Here’s another textile designer discovery for my files: Tammis Keefe. From what I’ve seen on-line, she produced a plethora of thematic (and quite whimsical) textile designs during the 1950’s, illustrating such subjects as: dragonflies, cats, santas, acrobats, lion trainers, chairs, bottle collections, etc.! While I didn’t know her name before this week, her patterns seem intimately familiar. I don’t know if this is a function of the direct scope of her own work or whether a slew of copy-cats were inspired by her designs. There seem to be a sizable array of Tammis Keefe hankies available for purchase, both on Ebay and at Ruby Lane. She also produced patterns for scarves and tea towels.

Parna –

Dec 18, 2007 | Leave a Comment


Parna is a great online shop filled with vintage English table and kitchen linens, pillow covers, embroidery, and cut yardage. While all pretty humble, the authenticity of the items is really refreshing — just good old fashioned design. Like homemade bread.

Picasso Fabric –

Nov 21, 2007 | Leave a Comment

I’m inspired by the graphic quality and stylistic whimsy of the above headboard fabric, featured in Elle Decor’s November 2007 issue article “Two For the Road” about Steven Volpe and Roth Martin’s Paris apartment (pg. 196). The fabric is described as a vintage with Picasso designs. Bergamo has large scale horse pattern that’s a bit like this – don’t have an image handy – but other than that I haven’t seen anything similar in the showrooms. Searching “Picasso” and “fabric” on-line I found the above really cool image from a lot sold at auction through Treadway Toomey Galleries back in September 06. And looking on EBay there’s a very curious thing available at the moment – final photo – of yardage purchased at Cafe Picasso (not sure what this is) in Coconut Grove Miami two decades ago. It’s hard to tell here but the fabric actually has little grid lines dividing up the faces into squares that are approximately 17″. The seller is selling each square individually for $15. Would make great pillows. (Search picasso and fabric and you should find it.)