Italian 16th Century Brocade Runner Woven with Silk and Metal Threads

(Italy, 15th - 16th Century)

Italian 16th Century Brocade Runner Woven with Silk and Metal Threads
164 Windy Row
Peterborough, NH, 03458
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Italian 16th Century Brocade Runner Woven with Silk and Metal Threads

From Brooke Astor's collection an Italian circa 1540 hanging designed with a repeating pattern of arabesques, scrolling foliage and twining ribbons. Woven brocade with a ground of yellow silk, the pattern outlined in red silk and filled with white silk and silver metal thread. Edged at the top and both long sides with the original silk and metal thread tape that has a geometric design, the bottom has a 19th century silk and metal thread fringe. Backed with 19th century hand dyed blue linen.

WIDTH: 23½ in | HEIGHT: 93 in

Origin Italy
Category Textiles
Style Unspecified
ConditionVery good

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CONDITION: This piece has two repairs, one at the top and one at the bottom but beautifully done. There are numerous broken bits of thread throughout that can be seen in the pictures and a couple of spots all typical of apiece nearly 500 years old.

THB REF: 7142848531


"The most important aspect of the Italian Renaissance design was the search for beauty in the adaptation of simple geometric forms. In Italian architecture every building has a blueprint with balance, symmetrical forms based on circles, squares and triangles. This balance or beauty is found in everything they created including textiles.

Brocades were an important fabric during the Renaissance, more notably, the Italian Renaissance. As wool and silk were the primary fabrics used by Europeans during the Renaissance, and despite the lack of documentary evidence, it is said that due to the increase in complexity of decoration of Italian silk fabrics of the 15th century, there must have been improvements in silk-weaving looms around this time. The complexity and high quality of luxurious silk fabrics caused Italy to become the most important and superior manufacturer of the finest silk fabrics for all of Europe. The almost sculptural lines of the fashions during the Renaissance were paired perfectly with the exquisite beauty and elegance of brocade, damask, and other superior silk textiles.