Vintage Crewel Work Wall Hanging or Bedspread


This Central Asian textile is composed of three tightly woven cotton strips that have been joined together and embroidered. There is a beautiful open work edging all around the item. The embroidery includes stylized birds and blossoms, possibly meant to be peacocks and pomegranates. The embroidery is comprised of chain-link crochet, that has been attached to the cotton. This style of embroidery is indicative of the Kashmiri areas in India and Pakistan. In many cases the original fibres have disintegrated and left a light trail of where they were. Usually this is caused by how the dye was originally set, and overtime if it was unstable, it will slowly disintegrate and disappear, and continue to do so. The hanging shows several areas of staining and repairs. There is a small area where the joining of two panels has come apart. Late 19th or early 20th century.

Approximate size 72“ x 100“. Vintage condition – showing it’s age, but beautifully so.