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Kashmir Shawl — Handwoven 1860
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Item #: text030
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Kashmir Shawl — Handwoven late 19th C.
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Item #: text031
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Kashmir Rug — Chainstiched mid-late 20th C.
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Item #: text032
Price: $450


Collection of 19th C. Ottoman Turkish Towels
The following four items is a collection of Turkish towels acquired from a well-known midwestern collector of fine quality antiques. Each has a unique embroidered design on a hand-woven natural handspun linen towel with embroidered patterning at each end. The color palette on all the towels is of muted tints with gold threads used as accents to add richness and sparkle to the design. The designs are done in a variety of embroidery techniques. Hems are hand stitched. These towels have a wonderful old patina and are in excellent condition considering their age. This collection of textiles was featured on the Home and Garden Antiques Show on cable T.V., where the owner of Golden Thread Antiques was interviewed about her collection of textiles shown at the Star of the North Antiques Show in Minneapolis.

19th C. Ottoman Turkish textile
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19th Century Ottoman Turkish Towel
This one is has a charming little house motif with the Tree of Life. Of the four towels, this one is the finest weave and quality. It appears to have been hardly used and is in near perfect condition.
Size is 17 1/2 inches by 36 1/2 inches.

Item #: text011
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19th C. Ottoman Turkish textile
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19th Century Ottoman Turkish Towel
This one is very lovely and has a soft delicate hand. The linen fabric is light weight, gauzy and transparent. It appears to have been hardly used and is in near perfect condition. Size is 15 1/2 inches by 31 inches.

Item #: text009
$125



19th C. Ottoman Turkish textile
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19th C. Ottoman Turkish Towel
This is one of the larger ones in the collection with the most unusual design. There is a water stain in the middle section (see picture on detail of next page by clicking on image) which could be cleaned and restored. We have chosen to keep them in their found condition.
Size is 17 inches by 38 inches.


Item #: text008
$125



19th C. Ottoman Turkish textile
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19th C. Ottoman Turkish Towel
This one has a beautiful Tree of Life motif. There are a few small stains which do not detract from the beauty of the piece. Size is 14 1/2 inches by 32 inches.

Item #: text010
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Louis XIV Style Petit Point Needlepoint Pillow
This needlepoint was originally a chair back and has been recently made into a luxurious pillow. Likely done in the mid to late 19th C. in the French Louis XIV style, judging from the materials, foliage style, color palette, costume style and looser, less symmetrically shaped design elements. The color palette is very pleasing, lively, sophisticated and well-balanced in the composition—a nice assortment of fresh greens and blues accented with rich bronzey gold and a deep crimson red, and a neutral silvery grey central background—very characteristic of the Louis XIV needlpoint upholstery style. Although the overall design is basically symmetrical, the mirrored elements have slight variations in shape and placement, giving it a playfully dynamic and spontaneous character, something not found in textiles designed strictly by the grid. The centrally positioned dancing figures are done in petit point and some emroidered stitches in the facial and hand details, and have movement in their gestures and playful expressions on their faces. Pillow is backed with a rich soft gold velvet fabric and finished with a tasseled trim all around with a zipper in back. Pillow and fringe are made from contemporary materials. Filled with a feather pillow form, giving it the feel of an antique pillow. Condition is excellent. Materials of the needlepoint are wool yarn on woven linen canvas fabric. Finished pillow size is 21" x 23".
 

Item #: text001
$450


19th C. Chinese Silk Embroidery Robe Fragment
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19th C. Chinese Silk Embroidered Robe Fragment
This is a very lovely piece. The colors are exquisite and the stitching is so fine you can barely see them. There are many newer pieces on the market today, but this piece is definitely from the 19th C. These fragments of robes were so precious—every small scrap salvaged from an old worn out robe represented many hours of work and so were later finished off in a frame of brocade ribbon making them into small works of art. Dimensions are: 9 3/4" x 17 3/4". Condition is excellent.

Item #: text022
$125


19th C. Chinese Silk Embroidery Robe Fragment
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19th C. Chinese Silk Embroidered Robe Fragment
Aesthetically the finest piece from this collection. The colors are beautifully delicate and harmoniously balanced. There are several unique qualities about this piece. The first is the fruit motif in the center. These are rare and considered to be very auspicious symbols. This grouping of fruits is entirely filled in with the forbidden stitch in a gradations of pink and rose. The other thing that sets this piece apart is that the fabric used to frame the fragment is of the same time period or perhaps slightly later, and is also entirely hand embroidered, most likely also salvaged from an old robe. Dimensions are: 12 3/8" x 24 7/8". Condition is excellent.

Item #: text021
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19th C. Chinese Silk Embroidery Robe Fragment
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19th C. Chinese Silk Embroidered Robe Fragment
Technically the finest piece from this collection. Colors are subdued with monochromatic color scheme of shades of blue accented in gold thread. The outstanding qualities about this piece are first of all the technical wonder of it. All of the floral motifs in the center panel are entirely filled in with the forbidden stitch with every single leaf and pedal outlined in a finely couched gold-wrapped thread. The forbidden stitch is so fine that each is about the size of a poppy seed! What else makes this an amazing piece is that the fabric used to frame the fragment is of a similar time period, and is also entirely hand embroidered and couched, probably also salvaged from an old robe. The brocade ribbon framing the inner area is of a letter date, most likely from the time when this piece was finished off for export in the early 20th. C. Dimensions are: 12 1/8" x 25 1/4". Condition is excellent.

Item #: text020
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19th C. Wool Paisley Shawl
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Fine 19th Century Paisley Shawl
This 68 inch square wool Paisley shawl is a lovely older piece from 1860 to 1880. It is a very elegant design making use of six different yarn colors: black, white, gold, blue, red and green, indicating very fine quality. The weave is very fine and there is much detail within the design. It has a large black center. The condition of the patterned weave is excellent, with much of the fringe intact and only a small 1/4 inch tear along one of the selvages, shown in the photo above,, and some missing fringe. The black center, has some discoloration in the middle and there are a few small holes, the largest of which is 1/4 inch in diameter and is shown in the photo with a penny above.

Item #: text004
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Early 20th C. French Paino Shawl
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Early 20th C. French Jacquard-Woven Gold Brocade
Piano Shawl

This is an very interesting piece. It is woven with gold-wrapped thread brocade throughout the entire piece and so has a nice heaviness to it. The design is created with a combination of gold brocade and printed color on a cream colored ground. The woven area is 54 inches square and the fringe is 9 inches long. The design is an 8-ponted star radiated out from the center surrounded by various feather-like designs. It was probably made in the 1920's to 1930's.

Item #: text006
$495

Early 2oth C. Paisley Scarf
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Early 20th C. Wool Paisley Scarf
This all wool jacquard woven shawl appears to be from the early 20th C. The size is 60 inches long by 9 inches wide with a 1 inch fringe. The selvages are cut indicating that multiple widths of the scarves were woven together then cut apart. The selvages are not hemed but rather the selvage warps are closely sett to add strength to the edges and keep them from unraveling. The weft floats on the back are trimmed to reduce the weight of the fabric so the scarf has a nice soft drape. The mirrored designs on the other end of the scarf are very intricate, and the color palette consiste of 6 colors on a red ground. The decorative borders along the selvages are actually created by warp brocading. The condition is very good. There is a small 1/4" hole at the corner of one end, a 2 " narrow dark stain radiating out of the top of one of the designs and so blends in, and there are a few pinholes in the red that are only visible when held up to against the light.

Item #: text012
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18th Century French Silk Brocade Church Chausuble
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18th Century French Silk Brocade Church Chausuble
The fabric used in this piece is French silk brocade of botanical designs. Silver metalic thread was used along with other colored threads. This piece has been carefully repaired over the years. It may even have been made from another garment because there are unusual remnants of metalic trim sewn into the edges along the top. The silk brocade is trimmed in a lovely woven gold metalic ribbon perhaps of a later date than the fabric. The silk fabric has deteriorated in some areas revealing some of the inner layers. The piece measures 16 1/2 inches wide at the top, 22 1/2 inches wide at the bottom and 29 1/2 inches long.

Item #: text002
$395

19th Century Paisley Shawl
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Mint Condition 19th Century Paisley Shawl
This large rectangular 64 inch by 137 inch all wool French Paisley shawl is in mint condition, and is about the largest size a paisley was made. It is very fine quality. The design with the elongated 'boteh' or paisley motifs is very characteristic of French paisley. It is in such excellent condition for a shawl of this age that it seems it was rarely if ever worn or used, and most likely was stored in a trunk for most of it's life. It is woven in six colors, one clue to the high quality, giving the design great depth and detail. The paisley design covers the entire shawl, with no solid color center (see photo #6 which shows the center). The last photo (see details on next page by clicking on image) shows the back and the wide color palette used. It shows how the weft floats across the back were carefully trimmed to reduce the weight and thickness of the shawl.

Item #: text005
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Early 20th Century Indian Gold Silk Brocade
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Late 19th Century Gold Silk Inlay Brocade Indian Shawl
The design of this colorful silk brocade shawl is a combination loom-controlled and hand-picked in or inlay brocade. At first glance, one would think that the weft colors would have been woven from selvage to selvage then trimmed in the back like a jacquard-woven paisley shawl. However, given the sparsely-placed floral designs on the white silk field and the dense gold thread patterning, one realizes there would be much waste of precious silk and gold threads. Upon closer examination of the back with a loop, one sees that the threads of all the design elements loop back into the design along the borders in back, meaning that the weaver had to hand inlay each individual thread color separatetly in each design area. This is no small task, considering the fineness of the thread, and must have taken the weaver months to produce. This shawl was made to match a sari and was worn draped over the shoulders, called a 'mundanai' or 'mundu'. The dense gold thread used in the border and design gives the shawl a wonderful 'hand' and weight, giving it a lovely drape and weight when worn over the shoulder. This would have been a very expensive ensemble reserved for a very wealthy family, given the large amount of gold thread and weave structure. The design is also reminiscent of the earlier 16th Century Mughal or Moghul sashes that were worn by princes and were a symbol of status and wealth. This two-piece style of sari with the shawl was worn more in the 19th Centruy, under British rule, where modesty was a concern. This very time-consuming weaving technique was abandoned by the end of the 19th Century for more time-saving production methods.
This scarf measures 22 3/4 inches wide by 72 inches long.

Item#txt018
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19th Century Needlepoint Chair Seat
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19th Century Victorian Floral Needlepoint Seat Cover
This is a well-made and attractive needlepoint. The colors are handsome and harmonious and the design is very tasteful—a bouquet of flowers including a daffodil, pansy, tulip and assorted wild flowers. The dark pine green background is a pleasant green which blends well with many different colors and looks great with the browns of wood. The old satin fabric around the edges is probably original and was left on to help date the piece. This could be made into a very lovely pillow. Condition is excellent
Size: 17" by 20 inches

Item#txt013
$175









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