A casualty of the Bolshevik Revolution and the Cold War, these vibrantly colored Russian textiles remain little known even today.
I first encountered Russian textiles — floral, paisley and striped fabrics from the early 20th century — on the pages of a magazine. I was immediately drawn to the full blown rose motifs I also adore on Bessarabian (Russo-Romanian) rugs. Essentially, these fabulous fabrics are a Russian version of chintz (though not glazed). During the early 1900s, they were inexpensive and made in these especially vibrant colorways for export to Central Asia. Today they are collector’s items and the images are a sampling from the book Russian Textiles: Printed Cloth from the Bazaars of Central Asia, by Susan Meller (Abrams, $35).… Continue Reading