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 Navajo Rug Santa Barbara Design Center Rugs

    Antique Navajo Rug

    Circa, 1850 antique Navajo Rug with lovely all-natural dyed coloring. 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.

    4×5’4

    #33248Read more
  • Floral Needlepoint | Rugs & More | Oriental Carpets | Santa Barbara Design Center

    Floral Needlepoint

    Sale! $3,520.00 $1,950.00

    This Floral Needlepoint is hand sewn and displays beautiful colors that will go well with any home decor.

    4×5’11

    #33247Add to cart
  • French Shawl rugs and more oriental carpet -

    French Shawl

    French Shawl hand made of natural wool and organic dyes.

    size:2’7 x 7’5

    #33187Read more
  • Antique Swedish Textile | Rugs & More | Oriental Carpets | Santa Barbara Design Center

    Antique Swedish Textile

    This Antique Swedish Textile is finely woven with natural wool.

    1’9×1’9

    #33185Read more
  • Small Saltillo Serape | Rugs and More | Santa Barbara Design Center 33178

    Small Saltillo Serape

    Sale! $790.00 $395.00

    This bright yet Small Saltillo Serape is prized for it’s beauty and yet practical functionality. These eye catching colors will bring a splash of vibrance into your home!

    1’6×3’4

    #33178Add to cart
  • Mali Mud Cloth | Rugs & More | Oriental Carpets | Santa Barbara Design Center 33179

    Mali Mud Cloth

    Sale! $260.00 $130.00

    This Mali Mud Cloth is dyed by hand. This vibrant and beautiful blue will make an beautiful accent piece for your home. Irregularities (which adds character) can be spotted due to it’s age.

    4’7×3’5

    #33179Add to cart
  • Striped Kelim | Rugs & More | Santa Barbara Design Center

    Antique Swedish Textile

    Sale! $990.00 $495.00

    This Antique Swedish Textile is finely woven with natural wool.

    1’6×4

    #33183Add to cart
  • Antique Swedish | Rugs & More | Oriental CarpetsCarpets

    Antique Swedish Rolakan

    Sale! $3,475.00 $695.00

    This vintage Antique Swedish Rolakan is a rare and beautiful tribute to Scandinavian heritage. This hand crafted textile is the perfect size for your tabletop or wall.

    1’6×2’6

    #27849Add to cart
  • Small Geometric Swedish Textile | Rugs & More| Santa Barbara Design Center 27877 .

    Small Geometric Swedish Textile

    Sale! $790.00 $395.00

    Small Geometric Swedish Textile is made of wool with cotton foundation. Featuring unique designs and vibrant colors. This is the perfect size for a chest covering or chair drapery.

    1’7×2’6

    #27877Add to cart
  • Small Saltillo Serape | Rugs and More | Santa Barbara Design Center 33178

    Small Saltillo Serape

    Sale! $790.00 $395.00

    This bright yet Small Saltillo Serapi is prized for it’s beauty and yet practical functionality. These eye catching colors will bring a splash of vibrance into your home!

    1’2×2’7

    #33182Add to cart
  • Mali Mud Cloth | Rugs & More | Oriental Carpets | Santa Barbara Design Center32293

    Mali Mud Cloth

    Sale! $278.00 $139.00

    This Mali Mud Cloth is dyed by hand. This vibrant and beautiful blue will make an beautiful accent piece for your home. Irregularities (which adds character) can be spotted due to it’s age.

    3’3×4

    #32293Add to cart
  • Small Saltillo Serape | Rugs and More | Santa Barbara Design Center

    Small vintage Saltillo Serape

    Sale! $399.00 $199.00

    This bright yet Small Saltillo Serapi is prized for it’s beauty and yet practical functionality. These eye catching colors will bring a splash of vibrance into your home!

    1’7×1’8

    #33174Add to cart
  • Bolivian Blanket | Rugs & More | Oriental Carpets| Santa Barbara Design Center

    Bolivian Blanket

    This colorful Bolivian Blanket is the perfect way to bring color and vibrance into your home. This would look great over the back of a chair or as a wall hanging.

    1’4×3’6

    #33176Read more
  • Needlepoint Chair Covering | Rugs & More| Santa Barbara Design Center

    Antique Needlepoint Chair covering

    This Antique Needlepoint Chair Covering dates back to 1935. These intricate designs are hand sewn with natural dyes.

    2’2×2’8

    #33175Read more
  • Swedish Kelim | Santa Barbara Design Center | Rugs and More | Oriental Carpets

    Swedish Kelim

    Sale! $2,852.00 $1,495.00

    This Swedish Kelim is hand knotted with natural dyed fibers. These natural colors make for an perfect accent wall tapestry.

    1’10×2’8

    #27857Add to cart
  • Swedish Kelim | Santa Barbara Design Center | Rugs and More | Oriental Carpets 36597

    Swedish Kelim

    Sale! $790.00 $395.00

    This Swedish Kelim is hand knotted with natural dyed fibers. These natural colors make for an perfect accent wall tapestry.

    1’4×1’9

    #36597Add to cart
  • Tribal Usbak Tent Band | Rugs & More | Santa Barbara Design Center 33126

    Tribal Usbak Tent Band

    Rare Tribal Usbak Tent Band. These beautiful banners were used to decorate the Turkmen tent or yurt.

    8×6’8

    #33126Read more
  • Small Ship Swedish Textile | Rugs & More| Santa Barbara Design Center 33168

    Small Ship Swedish Textile

    Small Small Ship Swedish Textile is made of wool with cotton foundation. Featuring unique designs and vibrant colors. This is the perfect size for a chest covering or chair drapery.

    1×10

    #33168Read more
  • Swedish Diamond Textile | Rugs & More | Santa Barbara Design Center

    Swedish Diamond Textile

    Colorful Swedish Diamond Textile is made of wool with cotton foundation. Featuring unique designs and vibrant colors. This is the perfect size for a chest covering or chair drapery. This colorful Swedish Textile is the perfect size for a frame or a tabletop. These geometric tribal designs are eye catching and bright.

    1’8×1’8

    #33166Read more
  • Small Swedish Textile | Rugs & More| Santa Barbara Design Center

    Colorful Swedish Textile

    This colorful Swedish Textile is the perfect size for a frame or a tabletop. These geometric tribal designs are eye catching and bright.

    2×2’1

    #33165Read more
  • Small Swedish Textile | Rugs & More| Santa Barbara Design Center

    Small Swedish Textile

    Small Swedish Textile is made of wool with cotton foundation. Featuring unique designs and vibrant colors. This is the perfect size for a chest covering or chair drapery. Featuring a horse and rider.

    1’8×1’9

    #33164Read more
  • Antique Segoushe Bedding Rugs & More| Santa Barbara Design Center 33161

    Antique Segoushe Bedding

    Antique Segoushe Bedding was made to put over the bedspreads. Beautiful piece featuring amazing vibrant colors. Hand made to perfection.

    D6x2’5×2’5

    #33161Read more
  • Antique Segoushe Bedding Cover 33160

    Antique Segoushe Bedding Cover

    Antique Segoushe Bedding Cover was made to put over the bedspreads. Beautiful piece featuring amazing vibrant colors. Hand made to perfection.

    D6x2’4×2’4

    #33160Read more
  • Antique Segoushe Bedding Cover Rugs & More| Santa Barbara Design Center 33159 2

    Antique Segoushe Bedding Cover

    Antique Segoushe Bedding Cover was made to put over the bedspreads. Beautiful piece featuring amazing vibrant colors. Hand made to perfection.

    D7 x 2’4 x 2’6

    #33159Read more
  • Segoushe Bedding Cover | Rugs & More| Santa Barbara Design Center 33158

    Fine Segoushe Bedding Cover

    fine Segoushe Bedding Cover was made to put over the bedspreads. Beautiful piece featuring amazing vibrant colors. Hand made to perfection.

    D5 x 1’10 x 1’10

    #33158Read more
  • Antique Suzani | Rugs & More| Santa Barbara Design Center 3125

    Antique Suzani

    This Antique Suzani is a fun textile for your kitchen table. It’s 1×1 size makes it perfect for your kitchen or as a framed wall hanging.

    1’4×1’3

    #33125Read more
  • Needlepoint Chair Covering | Rugs & More| Santa Barbara Design Center

    Antique Needlepoint Chair covering

    This Antique Needlepoint Chair Covering dates back to 1935. These intricate designs are hand sewn with natural dyes.

    2’2×2’9

    #33124Read more
  • Antique Persian Kelim | Rugs & More| Santa Barbara Design Center 33212

    Antique Persian Kelim

    In this Antique Persian Kelim you can see ingenious designs of medallions that are rich in artfully contrasting tones.  Although it dates from the mid-19th century, the collectors who have owned this tribal  rug maintained it in superb condition.

     

    3’8×5’4

    #33123Read more
  • Fine Swedish Textile | Rugs & More| Santa Barbara Design Center 33122

    Fine Swedish Textile

    Fine Swedish Textile is made of wool with cotton foundation. Featuring unique designs and vibrant colors like red, blue, and yellow.

    2’4×3’2

    #33122Read more
  • Small Swedish Textile | Rugs & More| Santa Barbara Design Center

    Small Swedish Textile

    Small Swedish Textile is made of wool with cotton foundation. Featuring unique designs and vibrant colors like red, blue, and yellow.

    1’3×2’9

    #33112Read more

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