Antique textiles

Over the years my interest in textiles has increased. I feel blessed to be working in such an interesting and varied field.
There is so much to learn!
At the fairs we meet two interesting groups of people- decorators and collectors. We love working with decorators approaching textiles asking: what does this textile do to the room I am working on? How can I best complement the furniture? Does this textile enhance or create a mood? Decorators look at textiles in terms of colour, texture, effect and presentation. Coming from Germany to England for our fairs made us realize tremendous cultural differences. The way our living rooms look is still influenced by the starkness prevailing in Bauhaus architecture in spite of the fact that weavings were an important product of the movement. On the contrary, we find a greater willingness to live with textiles, even though British contemporary design has turned away from the heavily chintzed interiors of the past.

Antique Textiles

French Embroidery Panel

Age: mid 18th century
Origin: France
Size: ca 40 cm x 102 cm
Info: It is a very pleasant design in the the complementary colours of red and green. Good condition. There are three more panels similar in size.

Tibetan Double Vajra Appliqué

Age: 18th century
Origin: Tibet
Size: 40 cm x 38 cm
Info: This double vajra comes from a monastery and was used in Buddhist rituals. The vajra symbolises male energy. When the Lama crosses the bronze vajra and the bronze bell, which sybolises the female energy, in front of his chest he indicates the merging of the two energies. Our textile represents this moment.

Four Fortuny Pillows

Age: 1950ies
Origin: Italy
Size: ca 28 cm x 36 cm

Chinese Robe

Age: 19 century
Origin: China
Size: 0,64 x 1,0 2m
Info: this is a festival garment indicating the rank of the wearer by the square rank badge on front or back.

Bursa Velvet Panel

Age: 19 century
Origin: Turkey
Size: 46 x 110 cm

Lime Green Brocatello Border

Age: 17 century
Origin: Spain
Size: 164 x 37 cm

Banja Luka Applique

Age: ca 1830
Origin: Banja Luka, Bosnia
Size: 122 x 183 cm
Info: Banja Luka was part of the Ottoman Empire when this textile was made. There were workshops in the area producing these luxury items. Their design showed a mixture of Ottoman and French elements.

Sicilian Embroidery

Age: 18 century
Origin: Sicily
Size: ca 1,20 x 2,60 m
Info: this is a rare embroidery on gauze. It is in good condition with some losses on the outer border

Wari Fragment, Peru

Age: ca 600 – 1100 AD
Origin: Peru
Size: ca 30 cm x 34 cm
Info: The design of this fragment reminds us of extra-terrestrial beings. Our Precolumbian textiles originate from an old Swiss private collection.

Chancay Textile Fragment

Age: betwee 1300 – 1450 AD
Origin: Peru
Size: 36 cm x 33 cm
Info: This is the prototype of an extra-terrestrial! We got him from an old Swiss private collection.

Collectors are a different breed. Ikeep being astonished that the many, many cultures on the 5 continents of the earth, seem each to find one or several or many enthusiasts collecting their artefacts!

Textiles are basic necessities for humans, they cover us,warm and protect our bodies; we can express ourselves through the textiles we wear, show our wealth and status, signify our age and sex, our professions and whether we are married or single. Our textiles indicate our tribal identity and religion.

Each of these uses has found their collectors. As a dealer I am privileged to dip into this rich field and share my passion and my finds with my clients. A great many good pieces have passed through my hands into collections. This is really satisfying.

Textiles are a basic human need

The weavers´lives were hard in the hot and dry climates of Asia. Dusty brown was the dominant colour in the summer months. the vibrant rugs these women wove made a world of beauty and colour accessiblethat did not exist outside the tent. This tribal way of life has disappeared forever. Modern Westerners need to get accustomed to the visual language of rugs. We need to take time to look closely in order to see differences in quality. We need to compare naturally dyed rugs with chemically dyed ones. We need to develop a sensitivity for fine shades in colour. Chemically dyed wool refracts the light in a different way than naturally dyed wool does, the latter produces finely varied tones within one skein of wool, the former produces uniformly coloured wool.

Now, since images say more than words:

Image 1: some great pieces here! Image 2: This silver patterned textile from India was a great backdrop for a German Gothic sculpture. Image 3: A Turkish textile and an Italian embroidery, a cornucopia

Galerie Arabesque

We are an international gallery that exhibits regularly in London and the USA. Our warehouse focuses on antique textiles, antique rugs, European and Asian sculptures, ceramics and other artifacts.