Yorke Antique Textiles

A collection of antique and vintage textiles from around the world

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Textile Dealers

ARTHUR LEEPER ASIAN ART

One-page contact website, Arthur Leeper specializes in Chinese textiles and decorative arts.

CLIVE ROGERS

The website indicates “Clive Rogers (Oriental Rugs) specialise in tribal and other antique carpets, textiles and works of art from Asia / Near East.”

CORA GINSBURG

“The gallery” section of the site explains “As a collector and dealer, the name Cora Ginsburg has been associated with fine and rare costume and antique textiles since the 1940s. Founded in 1971, the company specializes in museum quality antique costume of the 18th and 19th centuries and in European embroideries, silks, and printed textiles of the 17th - 20th centuries. Owner and director Titi Halle has been with the gallery since 1981.”

CYNTHIA SHAVER

A one-page contact site for this U.S. dealer in Japanese textiles.

DAVID SORGATO

Sophisticated textile site from Italy that deals with carpets and textiles.

ESTHER FITZGERALD RARE TEXTILES

This is a good site in terms of textile range, aesthetics, and sophistication. Esther “handles textiles of exceptional merit, from all cultures, covering a time span of 2000 years and has done so for the past two decades. “

GAIL MARTIN GALLERY

Visitors to the “About us” read the following [excerpts] “The Gail Martin Gallery is the only gallery in the United States exhibiting a broad range of ancient, antique and ethnographic textiles along with contemporary fiber art. The gallery is exhibiting historical textiles with emphasis on those from Central Asia, Africa and Pre-Colombian Peru and Indonesia as well as from other areas of the world, along with the work of seven contemporary fiber artists.”

HALIDEN ORIENTAL CARPETS

This British site specializes in carpets, but also includes a few dozen textiles.

JAPANESE TEXTILE ART

This one-page contact site states “The Textile Art Collection presents extraordinary and rare, antique* selections of Japanese textiles that have been carefully cherished and preserved as family heirlooms – some for centuries.”

JOANNA BOOTH ANTIQUES

The “about us” section explains, in part : “Joanna Booth has been dealing from the same gallery for over 30 years. The gallery specialises in early European Tapestries and Sculpture and Old Master Drawings. We usually carry about a dozen tapestries of all types, some of which appear in the gallery section. Our stock also includes unusual early oak and continental furniture and a selection of early textiles.”

KATHLEEN TAYLOR: THE LOTUS COLLECTION

In terms of presentation and quality of cloth, Kathleen Taylor: The Lotus Collection, hailing from San Francisco, is clearly one of the most important antique textile websites. The intro states “We offer high quality antique European, Asian, and Ethnic textiles including tapestries and other wall hangings, pillows, table covers and general textiles.”

L’ASIE EXOTIQUE

Arts of Eastern, Southern and Southeast Asia, including textiles.

MALLETT ANTIQUES

The intro states “Established in 1865 Mallett of London and New York is one of the finest and most prestigious antique and fine art dealers in the world.” This is true. A great auction house with strong textile holding, with an emphasis on Western European needlework, stumpwork, embroidery, and crewelwork.

MARLA MALLETT TEXTILES

The business can be described in Marla’s own words “We specialize in antique flat woven tribal Oriental rugs, kilims, and bags, but also handle tapestries, embroideries and other ethnic textile art.” Images and short descriptions of over 1,000 textiles listed, as well as ethnographic photos, articles, and an excellent “links” section.

MEG ANDREWS

Situated in London, England, and involved in the antique textile trade for several decades, Meg Andrews modesty explains “I try to buy rare and unusual costumes and textiles of very good quality, from the 17th to mid-20th century”

SIMON RAY

This site includes carefully selected textiles from Western, Central and southern Asia.

SOMTEXART

“Your Swiss source for old and antique textiles” suggests the home-page. Within the site are categories for tribal bags, oriental textiles, Asian Textiles, Precolumbian textiles, Coptic textiles, and laces.

STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER

The website states that Stephen and Carol Huber are “America’s pre-eminent source for girlhood embroideries”

TERESA COLEMAN FINE ARTS LTD

A small homepage site representing an important Chinese textile dealer, specializing in embroidered costumes from the Chinese Imperial Court.

TEXTILEASART.COM

A good site displaying a great variety of antique textiles from Europe, South America and Asia. From Hamid Tavakoli’s introduction: “The Antique Textiles in this gallery include Chinese silks of the Tang to the Qing dynasties, Pre-Columbian South American textiles, Central Asian Ikat and Suzani, Renaissance and Medieval European objects, Coptic and ancient textiles. Classical Islamic and Persian silks and velvets, as well as ethnographic costumes antique Kashmiry and Persian shawls.”

The LENKORAN GALLERY

The intro to this site states “Through years of travel we have quietly assembled an exemplary collection of 17th-19th century Caucasian, Anatolian and Persian oriental rugs, kilims and tribal bag faces. We also offer some rare and beautiful antique Scandinavian and Pre-Columbian textiles. Our mission is to share our boundless enthusiasm of these woven treasures with the most discerning private collectors and public institutions.”

THOMAS COLE TRIBAL RUGS

Thomas Cole is one of the acknowledged experts in the field of Central Asian rugs and textiles. He states on his website: “ Specializing in collectible Turkmen, Uzbek, Kirghiz, Baluch and Persian tribal rugs, bagfaces and weavings as well as Central Asian silk embroidery and textile art.

THOMAS MURRAY ARTS

Thomas Murray is a private dealer of Asian and Tribal art with an emphasis on Indonesian sculpture and textiles, as well as animistic art from other varied cultures. He also features Indian printed trade cloths from the 13th-18th Centuries. He has placed objects in more that 30 museums on four continents. A HALI contributing editor for the last 25 years, he serves as their "in-house" expert on all ethnographic textiles, with more than 45 publications. He has lectured widely, including "Ottoman Influences on Islamic Calligraphic Batik from Indonesia", "Li Textiles of Hainan, Seeking the Source of Lost Austronesian Iconography and most recently "Lampung Imagery: Textile Iconography of South Sumatra". Seven essays and book reviews may be accessed here. Thomas Murray is Past President of ATADA, The Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association.

TRIBAL TRAPPINGS

Devoted to textiles from Asia

UZBEKTEXTILE.COM

Site devoted to suzani and silk ikat from Uzbekistan.

WILLIAM SIEGAL GALLERIES

Bill, in his “Gallery Information” department, states: “William Siegal Galleries, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, specializes in ancient and antique museum-quality textiles and objects from Pre-Columbian, Aymara, Chinese, African and Indonesian cultures. The gallery features the world's largest collection of Pre-Columbian and Aymara textiles of exquisite quality, condition, and beauty, as well as important African and Indonesian textiles.”

Textile Institutions: United States and Canada

Allentown Art Museum Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.

"Beginning in 1974 with a gift from Kate Fowler Merle-Smith, the Allentown Art Museum has amassed one of the best collections of textiles in the United States. This tour offers woven and embroidered textiles from very different cultures in Europe, Asia and Africa all in close proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. These exquisite examples are associated with marriage and homemaking."

Textile Institutions: Latin America

Museo Arqueologico de Santiago Santiago, Chile

This museum is being reconstructed, with an re-opening date of 2005. The museum contains 3,300 objects, including textile, from Chile's preColumbian and more recent past.

Textile Institutions: Europe

Textile Institutions: Asia

Textile Institutions: Other

Articles of Textile Regions

Indistudio : Textile Culture of India

Covers many of the textile regions from India.

Textile Informational Sites

A Disappearing Art Form

Good, short textile article involving the Minority tribes of China.