Textiles

Textile design includes tapestries and quilts as well as smaller pieces of embroidery like samplers, conceived to demonstrate a variety of stitchwork.

This form has attracted modern artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Henry Moore but antique examples by both named and unnamed hands are also a popular collecting area.


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Vintage rugs brought from Belgium to Bath fair

13 May 2019

Barry Fletcher specialises in vintage rugs and comes over regularly from Belgium to stand at the 50-dealer monthly Bath Vintage & Antiques Market.

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PREVIEW: Vienna – Dorotheum

25 March 2019

Almost 140 carpets and weaves which illustrate the differing designs of the individual tribes that make up the people of Turkmenistan are to be offered by Dorotheum in Vienna on April 9.

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A superb selection of sentimental samplers

25 March 2019

Among the most desirable of all needlework samplers are those associated with pupils at the Ackworth School, founded as a co-educational boarding school in 1779 by the Quaker physician John Fothergill and still thriving today.

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Pick of the week: Quilt from a life of cold comfort sells to Bowes Museum at Tennants' auction

04 March 2019

The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle was among the buyers when Tennants sold 13 quilts that belonged to Durham hill farmer Hannah Hauxwell (1926-2018) on February 9.

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Specialist fan dealer is among exhibitors at Antique and Vintage Textiles Fair

04 March 2019

Among the 70-plus exhibitors attending the Textile Society’s annual Antique and Vintage Textiles Fair at the Armitage Centre in Manchester on Sunday, April 14, is fan specialist Mary Cooper.

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5 Questions: Aaron Nejad

21 January 2019

Aaron Nejad trades in rugs, carpets and textiles from the East and Europe. In 2011 he launched the London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA) which takes place in Battersea from January 22-27

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Specialist textile fair running alongside popular south London event hosts 17 dealers

21 December 2018

The 'London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair' (LARTA) is held alongside the 'Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair' at the beginning of the year.

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Franses to stay in gallery home after Supreme Court ruling

10 December 2018

Tapestry and textiles specialist Franses has won a landmark Supreme Court case against its landlord, allowing it to continue to operate from the London gallery that has been its home for more than 25 years.

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South London sale surprises from India and Egypt

19 November 2018

Two of the outstanding surprises from the specialist 478-lot Islamic & Indian Art sale at Roseberys (23% buyer’s premium) in West Norwood on October 22 are illustrated here.

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Details announced for the Chelsea brocante revived by Matthew Adams

05 November 2018

As we announced in April, fair organiser Matthew Adams of Adams Antique Fairs is relaunching an event at Chelsea Town Hall this month which he last held in 2005.

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Pick of the Week: Sampler soars to £14,000 result

29 October 2018

Among the most desirable of all needlework samplers are those associated with pupils of the orphanages, asylums and charity schools of the Georgian and Victorian eras.

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Lost Henry VIII tapestry found in Spain goes on show in the UK

25 September 2018

A previously lost tapestry, commissioned by Henry VIII for Hampton Court during turmoil of the English Reformation, has been rediscovered in Spain.

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Textile Society's fairs support developing talent

17 September 2018

Funds from the Textile Society’s textiles fairs held in London and Manchester go towards the six annual bursaries and awards to textile historians, students, curators and conservators.

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Dealers organise West Country showcase for textiles

17 September 2018

Organised by the well-known Somerset textiles dealers Liz and Jack van Hasselt, the regular West Country Textiles Weekend takes place next on Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7.

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Sumptuous quilt, sampler and silk robe add sale colour

10 September 2018

The product of child labour – but conscious-clear purchases for bidders – provided two of the top lots at a specialist textiles and costume sale at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) of North Yorkshire.

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A material world: vintage and textile dealers in the spotlight

11 June 2018

Spotlight on textiles fairs, dealers and a two London exhibitions covering designers...

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Fabulous fabrics and enticing textiles on show

21 May 2018

A selection of rare 19th century suzanis, handwoven silk embroideries from the areas of modern-day Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, go on offer next month at Afridi Gallery’s exhibition 'Gardens of Delight' in London.

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Pick of the Week: Talismanic shirts lead to saleroom good fortune

30 April 2018

Two finely executed Indian talismanic shirts made multi-estimate sums at Roseberys in south London.

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North Mymms contents sale tops £1.75m and posts best-ever sale for Sworders

23 April 2018

The primary contents of North Mymms Park in Hertfordshire – including an important collection of European tapestries – provided Sworders with its best-ever sale last week.

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Obituary: antique lace and textiles specialist Betty Mendes

23 April 2018

Betty Mendes, who has died peacefully aged 90, was one of the leading lights in the field of antique lace and textiles.

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