Textile Art

The discovery of dyed flax fibres in a cave in the Republic of Georgia dated to 34,000 BCE suggests textile-like materials were made even in prehistoric times and are more etched in our history, culture and lives than we actually know. Both ancient and contemporary textiles are becoming increasingly sought after by collectors interested in the art of cultures from around the world and more Designers are Using Rug Art or Vintage Textiles on Walls and Redefining Textile Art by using them as applied arts and rich decorative objects.

— a field sometimes termed ‘ethno-aesthetics’.

Textile Art and antique rugs are part of an artistic weaving tradition that spans the globe.

Over thousands of years, textiles completed an incredible evolution from a humble handcraft to a high art with extreme aesthetic and cultural value. Artistic textile weaving is a diverse tradition that accommodates all of the cultures that embrace the craft. Textiles are pure cultural artifacts that reflect local superstitions and often have artistic immunity from outside influences.

In its most rudimentary form, textile weaving was a way to produce clothing and practical cloths for daily use. As technology advanced, textiles became more and more artistic. Embroidered embellishments and complex woven decorations helped these cultural textiles become a great art form. The function of these artistic textiles is not purely decorative, however. Some shamanic cloths from Laos were used in rituals while Kente cloth garments were made for prestigious members of the community.

Vintage Textiles from Europe often feature refined decorations and elaborate compositions that are purely decorative. Chinese rank badges, on the other hand, use flamboyant symbols that were part of a complex status system. Even the small country of Uzbekistan has a unique textile tradition in the decorative suzanis, which certainly qualify as works of art.

These beautiful textiles are highly complex assemblages that require many labor-intensive processes. Phenomenal Ikat fabrics and the flamboyant fabrics used in Chyrpi coats require dyed threads to be arranged in elaborate patterns before the weaving begins. African Kente cloths are woven in narrow pieces that are stitched together, and this time-consuming technique produces a distinctive checkerboard effect.

Hand made Textiles have alluring decorative features that are supported by layers of symbolism. These works of art don’t only have fabulous colors and exceptional decorations. They also have a particular texture and visual style that can enrich any interior.

These outstanding textiles are multi-dimensional works of art that are made to be appreciated old textiles from around the world still represent the foundation of ancient traditions that these handicrafts were built upon.

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  • Antique Finest 1700s Persian Pashmina Kashmiri Shawl. Antique woven carpet art sold by Santa Barbara Design Center Rugs and More in Santa Barbara California

    Antique Finest 1700s Pashmina Kashmiri Shawl

    Pashmina shawls are of the highest quality made from the pashmina goat from Kashmir, India. Its fleece has been used for thousands of years to make the highest quality of shawls called pashminas.

    6’1″ x 6’1″

    #31305
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  • Fine Striped Turkish Jajim Textile. A piece of antique woven carpet art sold by Santa Barbara Design Center Rugs and More in Santa Barbara California.

    Fine Striped Turkish Jajim Textile

    Fine Striped Turkish Jajim Textile is designed for draping and perfect for a profound variety of interior decorating projects. The delicate mineral tones and classical stripes have a posh appearance that is transformed when draped over furnishings or set on ottomans and settees.

    3’1″ x 4’1″

    #31306
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  • Antique Kashmiri Wool and Silk Pashmina circa 1700s. A piece of woven wool and silk art sold by Santa Barbara Design Center Rugs and More in Santa Barbara.

    Antique Kashmiri Wool and Silk Pashmina circa 1700s

    Pashmina shawls are of the highest quality made from the pashmina goat from Kashmir, India. Its fleece has been used for thousands of years to make the highest quality of shawls called pashminas. Cashmere or Kashmir shawls were of a very soft fabric made from the wool of the Cashmere goat. The Kashmir shawl, is undoubtedly the crown jewel of Kashmir’s artistic heritage. It represents the culmination of the ingenuity and talent of a variety of craftsmen, all coming together to create an unparalleled piece of woven fabric and embroidered art. There is no better testament to the prestige associated with the Kashmir shawl than the fact that it was a prized adornment of the Kings and Emperors of India. This Antique Finest 1700s Persian Pashmina Kashmiri Shawl is a beautiful piece in stellar condition for its age.

    6’2″ x 6’2″

    #31287
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  • Antique Palampore Textile santa barbara design center-1

    Antique Palampore Textile

    Antique Palampore Textile is a type of hand-painted and mordant-dyed bed cover that was made for the export market during the eighteenth century and very early nineteenth century.

    Size: 3’10×5’8

    #30638
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  • Rare Antique Palampore Textile santa barbara design center-8

    Rare Antique Palampore Textile

    Rare Antique Palampore Textile is a type of hand-painted and mordant-dyed bed cover that was made for the export market during the eighteenth century and very early nineteenth century. Only the wealthiest classes could afford to buy palampore; therefore, the few examples that have survived are often quite valuable today.

    Size: 5’9 x 8’8

    #30637
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  • Vintage Navajo German Town Rug Rare Oversized

    Sale! $95,600.00 $47,800.00

    This Navajo is a very rare piece of woven carpet art. Navajos are textiles produced by Navajo people of the Four Corners area of the United States. Navajo textiles are highly regarded and have been sought after as trade items for over 150 years. Navajo textiles were originally utilitarian blankets for use as cloaks, dresses, saddle blankets, and similar purposes. Hand-spun wool from sheep animals was the main source of yarn for Navajo blankets until the 1860s.

    15’9″ x 17’9″

    #30342
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  • Rasht Shawl Embroidery Circa 1850

    Rasht Shawl Embroidery Circa 1850

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    5’8″ x 5’9″

    Rasht Shawl Embroidery Circa 1850 Embroidered Shawls are real works of art. They became complex in their use of traditional Persian floral patterns.

     

    #30092
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  • Antique Kerman Shawl Circa 1800

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    Size: 5’6″ x 5’6″

    Beautiful Antique Kerman Shawl Circa 1800 Embroidered are real works of art. They became complex in their use of traditional Persian floral patterns.

    #30091
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  • Kashmiri Pashmina Shawl Circa 1700

    Kashmiri Pashmina Shawl Circa 1700

    P.O.R

    5’10” x 5’10”

    Kashmiri Pashmina Shawl Circa 1700 are a real works of art. They became complex in their use of traditional Persian floral patterns

    #30090
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  • Mangolian Kelim 28912

    Sale! $12,320.00 $695.00

    2’7×8

    kilim designs are made by interweaving the variously colored wefts and warps, thus creating what is known as a flatweave.

    #28912
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  • Antique Dhurrie Runner

    Sale! $6,850.00 $3,500.00

    2’10×8’4

    Unique Loom Red Hand-woven Kilim Dhurrie Geometric Oriental

    #28915
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  • Suzani 28936

    Sale! $5,198.00 $2,889.00

    3’7×10’1

    embroidered and decorative tribal textile made in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries.

    #28936
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  • Suzani 28937

    Sale! $5,895.00 $2,889.00

    3’4×9’8

    embroidered and decorative tribal textile made in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries.

    #28937
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  • Grey Navajo Rug. An original, tribal and antique piece of woven carpet art sold by Santa Barbara Design Center, Rugs and More in Santa Barbara, California.

    Grey Navajo Rug

    Sale! $17,400.00 $8,700.00

    4’10 x 5’6

    Navajos are textiles produced by Navajo people of the Four Corners area of the United States. Navajo textiles are highly regarded and have been sought after as trade items for over 150 years. Navajo textiles were originally utilitarian blankets for use as cloaks, dresses, saddle blankets, and similar purposes. Hand-spun wool from sheep animals was the main source of yarn for Navajo blankets until the 1860s.

    #28636
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  • Antique Navajo Rug with Hill Design. A piece of genuine antique tribal carpet art sold by Santa Barbara Design Center, Rugs and More in Santa Barbara, CA.

    Antique Navajo Rug Hill Design

    Sale! $5,580.00 $2,790.00

    5’10 x 8’9

    This antique Navajo rug has a hill design with lovely all-natural dyed coloring. Navajos are textiles produced by Navajo people of the Four Corners area of the United States. Navajo textiles are highly regarded and have been sought after as trade items for over 150 years. Navajo textiles were originally utilitarian blankets for use as cloaks, dresses, saddle blankets, and similar purposes. Hand-spun wool from sheep animals was the main source of yarn for Navajo blankets until the 1860s.

    #28575
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  • Rare Small American Indian Navajo Rug. A piece of antique tribal woven carpet art sold by Santa Barbara Design Center Rugs and More in Santa Barbara, CA.

    Rare Small American Indian Navajo Rug

    Sale! $790.00 $395.00

    1’6 x 2’3

    This Navajo is a small piece, with a utilitarian purpose. Navajos are textiles produced by Navajo people of the Four Corners area of the United States. Navajo textiles are highly regarded and have been sought after as trade items for over 150 years. Navajo textiles were originally utilitarian blankets for use as cloaks, dresses, saddle blankets, and similar purposes. Hand-spun wool from sheep animals was the main source of yarn for Navajo blankets until the 1860s.

    #28494
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  • Swedish

    Sale! $1,190.00 $595.00

    1’8×1’8

    Finest Swedish flat weave,19th century with happy couple

    #28498
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  • Finest Navajo 28497

    Sale! $590.00 $295.00

    1’8×3

    Finest Native American Navajo

    #28497
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  • Finest Native Navajo 28499

    Sale! $790.00 $395.00

    2’1×3’11

    Finest Native Navajo hand made

    #28499
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  • Antique Mafrash Panel

    Sale! $590.00 $295.00

    1×4

    Fine early soumak mafrash panels either side or end panels are becoming truly rare, and are favorites of collectors.

    #28502
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  • American Native Navajo 28495

    Sale! $590.00 $295.00

    1’4×1’9

    American native antique Navajo made of natural dyes.

    #28495
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  • Double Sided Navajo

    Sale! $4,800.00 $2,400.00

    2’1×3’9

    Rare Antique Double sided Navajo made for natural dyes and wool.

    #28489
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  • Antique Navajo 28509

    Sale! $790.00 $395.00

    2’2×2’10

    Finest antique navajo hand spun with wool and dyes

    #28509
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  • Swedish Textile

    Sale! $1,590.00 $795.00

    1’4×2’8

    Finest Swedish textile hand woven with natural dyes.

    #28488
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  • Native American Yaii

    $1,650.00
    #28138
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  • Chief Blanket Navajo

    $4,900.00
    #28139
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  • Navajo 28140

    $2,450.00
    #28140
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  • American Navajo 28141

    $2,450.00
    #28141
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  • Native American Navajo 28123

    $3,750.00
    #28123
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  • Sattle Blanket

    $295.00
    #28122
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