Marla Mallett: Textiles and Tribal Oriental Rugs

We specialize in antique flat woven tribal Oriental rugs, kilims, and bags but also handle tapestries, embroideries and other ethnic textiles.

About 900 rugs and textiles are shown in the groups below. Click on a title to open the section. Then explore other parts of the site by scrolling down to links later on this page. More than 5000 photos illustrate a variety of textile art topics.



Antique Tribal Kilims and Bags
Ethnographic
flat woven Oriental kilim rugs  (kelims), tent bags, saddlebags and horse covers -- primarily from Turkey, the Caucasus and Persia.  


Ottoman Turkish Textiles
Opulent metallic or silk embroideries, brocaded panels, and intricately ornamented costumes from the Ottoman Empire.

Japanese Kimono
Japanese Obi
Luxurious vintage hand painted, yuzen-dyed, embroidered, brocaded, shibori or kasuri Japanese garments -- kimono and haori.  Brocaded maru and fukuro obi.   

Japanese Textiles
Fukusa, banners, kesa and tsutsugaki futonji. Embroidered, brocaded, tapestry-woven, kasuri and rice-paste-resist textiles. 


Chinese  Textiles
Intricate Han embroideries, brocades,
tapestries and costume items.


Chinese Minority Textiles
Embroidered and batik textiles from the Miao, Dong, Gejia, Zhuang, Yao, Yi and Li peoples in southwest China.


Indonesian Textiles
Ikats, brocades and batiks from the islands of Sumba, Java, Flores, Sumatra, Roti and Savu.


African Textiles
Kuba raffia cloth embroideries, beaded costume pieces, raffia hats, masks, and other ethnographic objects.


Folk Art Tapestries
Contemporary Egyptian village weavings, including tapestries by superb Harranian artists. Both sophisticated wall hangings and tapestry art with naive imagery. 


Tribal Textiles of Southeast Asia
Old brocades, ikat weavings and embroideries from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Burma.


Laotian Brocades
Contemporary silk weavings from northern Laos with traditional motifs and materials.


Afghan and Pakistan Textiles
Pashtun, Baluch and Hazzara textile art--embroideries and costume items.

Central Asian Textiles  
Uzbek, Kyrgyz and Turkmen embroideries, brocades, costumes and tent decorations.
Also new suzanis.


Coptic Textile Fragments

Ancient Egyptian tapestry-woven textiles.
Now on SALE. 


Miscellaneous Textiles
Assorted weavings and embroideries, including European textiles
SALE pages, Assorted Textiles



Contemporary Fiber Art
Weavings by Marla Mallett.
 
What's New on the Site?

I have just added a large group of African Kuba raffia textiles to the site--and also a collection of Sub-Saharan African masks.  Take a look at that African textiles section! 

SALE:  All of the pieces in our collection of Coptic textile fragments have been reduced.  These are from the 5th - 7th centuries!  
 

PLEASE NOTE: 
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Now a 2nd, Revised Edition of Marla's Book
WOVEN STRUCTURES:
A GUIDE TO ORIENTAL RUG AND TEXTILE ANALYSIS

Want to understand the tribal weaves?  This definitive guidebook explains the techniques used by nomads and villagers in Asia and North Africa.  It explains -- from a weaver's perspective -- why each structure produces distinctive patterning, then shows how to identify variations. Click on the link above to read what others think about the book, and for information on ordering a copy.

490 detailed photographs and drawings.  For collectors, scholars, curators, conservators, weavers and dealers.  Winner of the prestigious Quatrefoil Award


Woven Structures Update
Read about recent technical research findings. See what discoveries other collectors are making as they examine their treasured rugs more closely. Send questions or comments if you wish.


The Basic Tribal Weaves
Slit tapestry, soumak, brocading, knotted pile and other basic weaving techniques are introduced.

Reinventing the Loom:
A Simple Frame for Experiments

How to build a simple loom and try out the basic techniques used by tribal weavers. 
Criteria For Selecting Tribal Textiles
What qualities make a tribal rug or textile a "collector's piece"?  When is restoration appropriate?  What should beginning collectors avoid?  Marla discusses her criteria.
Mounting and Hanging Textile Art
Several ways of hanging rugs, kilims, tapestries and other weavings are described.  Simple methods of mounting small textile objects, delicate fabrics or fragments are also explained. 

A Few Articles
Marla discusses rug design origins, terminology squabbles, a probable rug-world hoax, and website development experiences.  
Laces
A personal collection of antique needle lace, bobbin lace and other handmade laces, with notes on their construction.    
Links to Other Sites
A wide range of internet resources for textile enthusiasts.
Frequently Asked Questions
The questions that we get every day--on a variety of subjects. 

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MARLA MALLETT
1690 Johnson Road NE
Atlanta, GA  30306   USA

Phone:  404-872-3356
       or Toll Free:  1-877-542-0841
E-mail: marlam@mindspring.com

Textiles are currently sold only through the website.  Please contact us if you wish to know more about any textile on the site, or if you are considering a purchase. Items can usually be sent on approval to US addresses.

 

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