Thursday, July 30, 2009

Paisley Shawls

I have a collection of over 40 Paisley Shawls. Some are hand embroidered and kani weave shawls from Kashmir, India. Others are jacquard woven shawls from Europe. All are from the 19th century. The shawl on top is Middle Eastern, probably Persian. The middle one is a so called "Four Seasons" shawl. The center of a Four Seasons shawl usually has four colors, thus the name. This one actually has five colors, but it is still known as Four Seasons. The bottom one is from France, with a white center, which is more unusual, you see mostly shawls with black centers. This one also has exquisite detail.

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