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Marla Mallett: Textiles

Antique ethnographic weavings and embroideries from around the world

Turkish Kilim

Flat-woven kilims, rugs, bags, hangings and horse covers from Anatolian Turkey and the Caucasus

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Opulent metallic needlework panels and intricately ornamented costumes from the Ottoman Empire.  Mostly things to hang.


Both Han and Chinese Minority Textiles and decorated costume items.  

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Kuba ritual costume items and other ethnographic objects from Sub-Saharan Africa.                         '

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Old brocades, ikat weavings and embroideries from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkmenistan,

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Assorted weavings and embroideries from around the world.

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Special Japanese Kimonos & Haoris

Luxurious hand painted, yuzen-dyed, embroidered, shibori, and kasuri garments. Elegant silk jackets.  

These garments are now all on a separate website:  Please cllck here:    

What's New?

These pages show my RETIREMENT SALE pieces.  Some are priced at or even below my cost, as we need to clear out most everything.

What a fascinating life It's been. The pic of me at the top of this page was snapped shortly after my serious traveling and hunting for these textiles began--naive

and unaware of the crazy adventures to come. Of course those lovely trips into the mountains of Turkey to visit kilim-weaving nomads were "field work."

Please call me or e-mail if you have questions about
any of the website textiles.  .   

Marla's book.  Want to understand the tribal weaves?  I wrote this book because so many rug collectors have absolutely NO idea how their prized items were made. Most rug books even manage to get it wrong. Thus I published this guide book to explain the techniques used by nomads and villagers in Asia and North Africa--from a weaver's perspective.  I explained why each structure produced distinctive patterning, then showed how to identify variations.  Follow the link for more information about the book and for details on ordering a copy. It has 490 photographs and drawings. Soft cover, 184 pages, all black and white. For collectors, scholars, curators, conservators, weavers and dealers.  Winner of the Quatrefoil Award.  

What qualities make a tribal rug or textile a "collector's piece"?  When is restoration appropriate?  What should beginning collectors avoid?  I've discussed my criteria. 

Slit tapestry, soumak, brocading, knotted pile and other basic weaving techniques are introduced.

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.

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How these textile collections came to be.  A history with erratic twists and turns.    

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1690 Johnson Road NE
Atlanta, GA  30306   USA

Phone:  404-872-3356

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