Framing an Antique Textile

Not much is known about this stitched piece, but it was clearly made in the early twentieth century. It came to us with a raw edge, so evidently never saw any use or enjoyed presentation of any kind. We had it stretched and gave the 21″ x 20″ work a 3″ cherry frame stained a deep red-brown that felt right with the intense red and purple. The dark surround enhances the bright colors. The gilt slip picks out the gold thread. The design is simple—a plain slope profile (our No. 2) with two carved radiating lines near the corners. That’s all this abstract pattern needs—the right frame to finish it, after all these years.Framed antique textile Framed antique textile

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