This beautiful jewel toned Light and Dark Log Cabin quilt is made of satins giving it a rich luster. The placement of light and dark makes for a variety of patterns and lots of movement. The quilt consists of a top quilted to a cotton backing. It was not completed and does not have a binding but one could easily be added if desired. Measurements are 64" x 74": circa 1870's.
This bold version of a Fence Rail Log Cabin quilt forms an additional pattern of Streak of Lightning with the solid red logs. All well framed by a triangle border. Excellent blending of fabrics. Pristine, unwashed condition. Measures 80" x 86"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1890.
A Persian wool bag face or mafrash panel in knotted pile, maybe a Baluchi rug. The border with running dog pattern. From an old Swiss collection. Condition: clean, few small areas with low pile, one corner with small loss (photo no. 6). Dimension without fringes: 37 cm x 72 cm.
A Kilim flatweave mafrash wool panel with geometric design, the slender stripes worked in Sumakh technique. From an old Swiss collection. Condition: ome thin area (photo no. 3), some traces of usage, area with some wax residue. Dimension without fringes: c. 36 cm x 85 cm.
This is one of the nicest, truly miniature quilts that I've had. The baskets are in blocks that are 3 3/4" in diameter. The entire quilt measures 13" x 17 1/4" and is professionally mounted on a stretcher. It is in excellent, probably unwashed condition with the tiniest bit of browning. Probably New England origin; circa 1890.
This Center Medallion or One Patch Doll Quilt begins with fabrics from the 1830's in the center. It works its way to the 1880's in the border and outer frames. The fabrics are all in excellent condition. The quilt is professionally mounted on a stretcher measuring 16 3/4" x 18 3/4". Pennsylvania origin.
This wholecloth Tumbling Blocks quilt is made of cheater's cloth which is printed patchwork. This example is unusually early; large and beautiful. Two sides of each block are made to look like a printed fabric offset by a solid brown side. The combination is very rich in tone with a fabulous glaze to the fabric. It is in excellent, unwashed condition. Measurements are 90" x 96"; Philadelphia origin.
This Caesar's Crown quilt has a wonderful diagonal sashing filled with diamonds that adds lots of zing to the piece. It is beautifully quilted with a variety of patterns. The corners are filled with pots of flowers and grape clusters with leaves throughout the border. It has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measurements are 86" x 89". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860.
A Turkoman wool bag face or mafrash panel in knotted pile. From an old Swiss collection. Condition: some traces of usage, areas with uneven pile, few small old mends. Dimension without fringes: 34 cm x 69.5 cm.
A Kordi wool flatweave bag face or mafrash panel decorated with diamond lattice pattern, some areas in Kilim technique. Reverse with floating threads. From an old Swiss collection. Condition: some traces of usage. Dimension without fringes: 33.5 cm x 68.5 cm.
A Sumakh flatweave mafrash panel with geometric design in horizontal stripes. Made of wool in beautiful colors. From an old Swiss collection. Please refer, for a very similar patterned Sumakh mafrash panel by the Maku-Kurds, to "Rare Oriental Woven Bags - Collection Adil Besim", plate 43. Condition: clean, some traces of usage, one small thin area near selvage (see photo 3). Dimension without fringes: c. 48.5 cm x 64 cm.
A Sumakh flatweave bag face or mafrash panel made of wool. From an old Swiss collection. Condition: some traces of usage, maybe shortened and slightly stained. Dimension: c. 32 cm x 42 cm.
A Persian wool chanteh bag from the Afshar People. The face showing a polygon in knotted pile, the back made of woven figured kilim. From an old Swiss collection. Condition: clean, some traces of usage, localized low pile (corrosion), old tiny mend (photo 3). Dimension: 34 cm x 34 cm.
Rare and impressive Tibetan throne-back cover, in pristine condition, early 20th Century. This cover is lined with 19th century brocade, also in beautiful condition. Roughly 30" by 38". Full pile, absolutely beautiful colors.
A small Persian wool chanteh bag from the Qashqai People. The face showing a polygon in knotted pile, the back made of woven striped kilim. From an old Swiss collection. Condition: clean, few traces of usage. Dimension: 21 cm x 23.5 cm.
This handmade 48 star flag quilt has the name of each state and its date of admission to the Union embroidered on each star. It is accurate with the exceptions of Arizona and New Mexico. They were meant to be admitted in 1911, as is written on the quilt. In actuality, bureaucratic delays caused them not to be admitted until January, 1912...
This original quilt pattern brings several things to mind. The circles can be seen as ship's wheels with the curved appliqued borders as gentle ocean waves. Another, less romantic, possibility is machine gears. The viewer might see additional possibilities.
Regardless of the interpretation, it is an imaginative pattern in a beautiful shade of blue and well quilted. It has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measures 84" x 88".
Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
A charming Sumakh flatweave Chanteh bag made of wool. With woven striped Kilim back. From an old Swiss collection. Condition: clean, few traces of usage, selvage wrapping partially lost. Dimension: c. 27.5 cm x 29.5 cm.