Friday, 25 July 2014

Antique Provençal Kutnu Silk bag

A silk bag made in Provence in the early 1900s from Turkish Kutnu silk fabric

This beautiful silk bag, which has a distinctly modern look, was in fact made in Provence in the early 1900s during the Art Deco period. The striped, kilim type silk fabric was produced in Gaziantep in south east Turkey in a tradition that was brought from Aleppo in Syria in the 1600s.

The bag is in perfect useable condition and the fabric, which is a silk weft on a cotton warp, is very strong. There is a little fading of the two outer panels that have been exposed to more light compared to the two inner folded panels, but I think this adds to the charm of the bag. It is 50cm from the top of the handles to the bottom of the tassel and the silk kilim bag itself is 22.5 cm long excluding the handles and tassels and 11cm wide.

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