Featured Help With Dating and Description Chain Stitched? Crewel Work?

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  1. acvintage

    acvintage Member

    Hello. This is my first time here and happy to have found this forum.

    Need help with describing, dating, origin and worth if possible. It measures 18" x 18". Thank you.

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  2. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Hello and welcome.
    Lovely piece.

    @Northern Lights Lodge @bluumz might be able to help. There is someone else who is good with fabrics, but can't think who it is at the moment.
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  3. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Be sure to check back as people come and go at all hours.
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  4. Northern Lights Lodge

    Northern Lights Lodge Well-Known Member

    Hi @acvintage and @clutteredcloset49
    What a stunning and showy piece!

    Wish I could help on that one. It isn't in my repertoire. However, 18" x 18" strikes me as being a pillow top size. The design seems Asian. What is the fiber content? and what does it look like on the back?

  5. Northern Lights Lodge

    Northern Lights Lodge Well-Known Member

    PS... Yes, it is chain stitched... I'm unable to determine in these pics if they are hand done or machine... I may not be able to tell anyway - as hand and machine are pretty similar. In my opinion; although by definition it may be classified as crewel - because it is all over and only chain stitch; I "personally" wouldn't classify it as crewel.
  6. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

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  7. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    I was going to suggest looking at prayer rugs but the size isn’t right. I do have one stitched similarly.
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  8. acvintage

    acvintage Member

    Thank you. It really is quite beautiful in person. I believe it's wool.

    I'm providing a photo of back. You can see a tiny bit of canvas showing at bottom. It is of a courser and larger weave material than regular needlepoint canvas.

    Curious as to ethnicity and era. Let me know if better closeup needed.

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  9. acvintage

    acvintage Member

    I've checked out some "Uzbek" and I do see similarities in design so I'm going to keep researching in that direction. Thanks to all and do let me know if any other suggestions.
  10. acvintage

    acvintage Member

    Just leaving an update after more research...

    The items I found that were closest to mine with the all over chain stitch and floral patterns are Kashmiri. Still looking but that's what I've found so far.
  11. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    Beautiful piece, I love the colors, it would fit right in in my own living room. ;)

    Sorry but "ethnic" pieces are not my forte so I've no further info to add.
  12. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    I had wanted to post a photo but didn’t have time that day. Home today and here are photos. Given how much trade happened I’m certain this wasn’t unique to Arab culture :- ) Just sharing in case it’s helpful. This is a modern example, made a few years ago. 94A19515-9C01-4C98-84EE-B656D6500525.jpeg B84055A8-7FA6-42B9-8F43-891E98453C83.jpeg
  13. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    You might try sending your photos to this gallery to see if they would offer an opinion. They specialize in "tribal textiles and embroidery from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia and the Himalayas":
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  14. acvintage

    acvintage Member

    Yes, this piece is quite striking in person with its colors and floral pattern. Thanks to everyone for all your help and comments. It's appreciated. Heading on over to that link.
  15. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    Hello, @acvintage , and welcome! Some of us would love to know what you learn about this from the gallery or others you may ask. Would you please update this discussion thread if you learn anything?
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  16. acvintage

    acvintage Member

    Yes, most definitely.
  17. Modest Muse

    Modest Muse Member

    Hi there - what you have is a pillow case cover from Kashmir, definitely hand done and looks to have been executed within the first half of the 20th C.

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  18. acvintage

    acvintage Member

    Thanks so much, Modest Muse.

    I've been researching so many items that I still have not contacted the Galerie mentioned above. I took a quick look and decided I should take some time and research the things on their site first.
  19. acvintage

    acvintage Member

    Thank you for the link. Still need to go through the items on the site to see if that helps, before contacting them.
  20. acvintage

    acvintage Member

    I just emailed them, @2manybooks. If I don't add more after this post it will mean I was not able to get additional info from GalerieAriana. They certainly have some beautiful items.

    Thank you, @Modest Muse. Looks like I'll be sticking with this info as it goes along with what I found once I was pointed in the right direction.

    Thanks to all who helped me out with this. It is very much appreciated.
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