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Decorating with Asian textiles can be done with any home decor. Tibetan textiles, Chinese textiles that are antique use Buddhist symbolism, geometric designs as well as traditional Oriental themes. Tibetan and Asian antique textiles use vegetable dyes, are generally hand loomed. The textiles of the Tibetan Plateau had to have practical use so often the textiles carry the scars of usage. Textiles that have damage can be hidden if the pieces are in a picture frame. Asian Textiles because of the tribal, nomadic nature of the many minority people and herding cultures are a picture of history that is disappearing. The antique Tibetan and Asian textiles that stood the test of time are rare.

All individual picture pages of the Tibetan Rug Gallery, Tibetan Textile Gallery and the Tibet Art Gallery, I discuss the meanings of Tibet Art symbolism and all antiques, textiles present.

Textiles offer the greatest insight to the time line of trends, popularity, practicality and historical events. This is a cross cultural anonymity. Tibetan and Bhutanese Textiles little is known, no written records were kept for dating textiles. Sometimes it feels like a puzzle when dating pieces. For example chemical dyes were not introduced to India until 1860, Tibet had limited access to these until it became cost efficient. Chemical dyes were readily available in the early 1900's. Popularity of certain motifs can often narrow the years a rug was produced. Cotton was used early throughout the world but not in Tibet until the 1920's. Machine spun wool which makes a much tighter knot wasn't used until after the Chinese invasion in the 50's but at this time there was great upheaval and few rugs were produced so we can consider a machine spun wool rug to be from the 70's. Textiles are hard to date other than by piecing together clues. We can deduce the later dates to rugs (?-1930) but it is very difficult to date an older Tibetan textile: a wool/wool, non-chemical dye rug can be 17th C, 18th C, 19th Century- it is possible but the rugged terrain and the use of the rugs I like to use conservative dates.

 

Collecting textiles gives me the desire to research a country and culture. I am able to gain perspective another culture by being invited in the homes of people who decorate with antique textiles. When I touch an antique textile I try to imagine the purpose, the people who made it and how it made it into my hands. Textiles as art have the same appeal as paintings, antique textiles are always a conversation piece. When decorating your home I hope you will consider the designs and patterns of Antique Asian Textiles.

 



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