016: Antique Qashqa’i Kilim

An Early History of the Qashqa’i People Southwest Iran is both the historic homeland and the most fabled region of the Persian people. It was from here that Cyrus the Great would establish the Achaemenid Empire around 2,500 years ago. It would become the largest empire the world had seen up to that point andContinue reading “016: Antique Qashqa’i Kilim”

Featured Artist Interview : Emma Redmond

return to our site We are very excited to have textile artist Emma Redmond as our fourth artist of Contemporary @ Heirloom. Through exploration and experimentation with multiple textile mediums, Emma produces highly distinctive works. From placing holes in her quilts to utilizing funky vintage fabrics, she has created a subset of textiles that are extremely funContinue reading “Featured Artist Interview : Emma Redmond”

015: Antique Mexican Saltillo Sarape

return to our site Pre-Columbian Mexico The region that encompasses modern day Mexico is one of only a few places in the world where civilization was thought to arise independently. Nearly 4,000 years ago many complex cultures began to form, eventually evolving into widely known civilizations such as the Zapotecs, Mayans and Aztecs. By theContinue reading “015: Antique Mexican Saltillo Sarape”

014: Indonesian Ceremonial Hinggi Kombu Ikat

return to our site What is Ikat? The word ‘ikat’ is derived from the Malay word mengikat, meaning ‘to tie’ or ‘to bind’. It describes the ancient textile technique as well as the finished fabric itself. This method of textile patterning involves tightly wrapping portions of vertical thread – the warp – with a resistContinue reading “014: Indonesian Ceremonial Hinggi Kombu Ikat”

Featured Artist Interview : Melissa Joseph

return to our site We are very excited to have felting artist Melissa Joseph as our third artist of the project. Through material exploration during her residency at the Textile Arts Center, she came across her newly chosen medium, felting. She considers her work to be in dialogue with painting and considered felting to beContinue reading “Featured Artist Interview : Melissa Joseph”

013: Anatolian Obruk Prayer Kilim

return to our site An Early History of Konya The Konya region is located in the center of the Anatolian peninsula, the land bridge that connects Europe and Asia, and has been inhabited by civilization for many millennia. It was a commercial center even in antiquity, when it was known as Iconium and ruled byContinue reading “013: Anatolian Obruk Prayer Kilim”

012: New England Hooked Rug

return to our site From Colonial Times to the Industrial Revolution It is not certain when or where hooked rugs originated. There are several theories – a fun but unsubstantiated one claims that they were first made by fishermen on long boat journeys, using the materials at hand and fish hooks as their tools. The term “hooked rug” generallyContinue reading “012: New England Hooked Rug”

Featured Artist Interview : Jessica Vitucci

return to our site We are very excited to have embroidery artist Jessica Vitucci as our second artist of the project. Stemming from a background in weaving, she began to cut up the wovens she was making, introducing an element of play into her practice. From there, enjoying a new movement that was less linear thenContinue reading “Featured Artist Interview : Jessica Vitucci”

011: Painted Lilihan Rug

return to our site A Brief History of the Arak Area The district of Arak and its surroundings in the Markazi Province were part of the ancient settlements of the Iranian Plateau. Markazi translates to “central” and this region was included in every Persian Empire going back to the Medians in the first millennium BC. It features harsh, dry summers and severeContinue reading “011: Painted Lilihan Rug”

010: Mid-Century Swedish Rya

return to our site Brief Scandinavian History to the Viking Age Scandinavia is a region in northern Europe that shares many linguistic and cultural aspects. It consists of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. It is sometimes loosely expanded to include it’s fellow Nordic countries of Finland and Iceland as well. The first people migrated to the region around 15,000 years ago followingContinue reading “010: Mid-Century Swedish Rya”