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A detail from my vintage Leacock table cloth; the panel shows musicians, a dancer, a stork, and other birds. My label calls the pattern ‘Shalimar’ but other labels visible on Etsy give the name ‘Sultana’. There are some lovely colorways available.

A detail from my vintage Leacock table cloth; the panel shows musicians, a dancer, a stork, and other birds. My label calls the pattern ‘Shalimar’ but other labels visible on Etsy give the name ‘Sultana’. There are some lovely colorways available.

An update of my Etsy treasury of Persian-art-inspired linen patterns. The top row shows a popular Leacock pattern, called either ‘Shalimar’ or ‘Sultana’. The lower rows show popular Tammis Keefe variations on the theme. To view, click: https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/NjIxMjU1OHwyNzIzNDkzMjU2/the-persian-pose-novelty-patterned?index=0&atr_uid=

An update of my Etsy treasury of Persian-art-inspired linen patterns. The top row shows a popular Leacock pattern, called either ‘Shalimar’ or ‘Sultana’. The lower rows show popular Tammis Keefe variations on the theme. To view, click: https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/NjIxMjU1OHwyNzIzNDkzMjU2/the-persian-pose-novelty-patterned?index=0&atr_uid=

A Persian miniature showing an execution, decoratively used on the side of a ‘Carpetbags of America’ velvet tote bag, c. 1972. The fabric seems to date from the 1950s, and was previously used in high-end Delill purses.

A Persian miniature showing an execution, decoratively used on the side of a ‘Carpetbags of America’ velvet tote bag, c. 1972. The fabric seems to date from the 1950s, and was previously used in high-end Delill purses.

On the left, a Persian miniature battle scene; this is a panel of the same fabric used in 1950s Delill evening purses and bucket totes, remaindered and used by Carpetbags of America in the 1970s. The ad is from New York Magazine, and dates to 23rd October 1972.

On the left, a Persian miniature battle scene; this is a panel of the same fabric used in 1950s Delill evening purses and bucket totes, remaindered and used by Carpetbags of America in the 1970s. The ad is from New York Magazine, and dates to 23rd October 1972.

A Persian miniature battle scene used in a quilted Delill evening purse of the 1950s.

A Persian miniature battle scene used in a quilted Delill evening purse of the 1950s.

An unlabelled square textile bag (top left), a quilted, short Delill evening purse (bottom left) and Maxim vinyl-covered purse (right) all showing the same Persian court scene. The original version has a pair of wrestlers instead of the vase of flowers in the foreground.

An unlabelled square textile bag (top left), a quilted, short Delill evening purse (bottom left) and Maxim vinyl-covered purse (right) all showing the same Persian court scene. The original version has a pair of wrestlers instead of the vase of flowers in the foreground.

Selection of 1950s Delill bags using their Persian miniature print, with a vinyl-coated copy by Maxim in the centre.

Selection of 1950s Delill bags using their Persian miniature print, with a vinyl-coated copy by Maxim in the centre.

Persian Miniature purses of the ’50s-60s - a new survey

So many of these purses have appeared on Etsy in the last couple of years that I made a separate treasury for them on their own. My older, mixed dress/purse treasury shows some of the common scenes on different scales:

http://etsy.me/11brFCb

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The very popular, blue & gold, quilted & sometimes vinyl-coated varieties (evening, frame & tote size) were made by Delill, and may have been the trend-setters (c. 1954). They appear here on the third and fourth rows down. The first two of the second row are also Delill. Maxim made a less high-end, vinyl-covered knock-off of the evening purse at approximately the same time.  The antique-toned frame copies, when they have a name, are marked ‘Admiral’ and ‘Berger’. The narrow Berger purse at the right end of the second row very clearly copies the broad Delill purse two purses to the left. The scenes used on the no-brand, velvet-quilted copy of the Delill totes - bottom left - are the same as those on the orange frame in the second row. These scenes were not used by Delill, but are quite common in the textile trade - I’ve seen them on fabrics produced from the ’50s to the early ’70s. All of these pictures are based on real original artworks, but some are more recognizable than others.

Single, quilted frames of the same prints were also set in primary-color architectural purses, but I don’t show those here. Wendy Dager of Vintage Purse a Day has a fantastic, no-brand, bead-embellished version:

http://vintagepurse.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/96-800x600-normal-0-false-false-false.html

See the full, clickable treasury here: http://etsy.me/18NeUv1

Pink disarticulated Persian garden print, from a cotton flared skirt, no label. Late 1950s or early 60s.

Pink disarticulated Persian garden print, from a cotton flared skirt, no label. Late 1950s or early 60s.

From the watch-list, items I wish I’d given in and bought #3: this amazing (late 1940s?) silk scarf from FileUnderVintage, showing scenes entitled ‘the Storyteller of Bagdad 1239’, a “Top Hit” fashion from “Baar and Beards, Inc.” made in Occupied Japan. Photograph: FileUnderVintage.

From the watch-list, items I wish I’d given in and bought #3: this amazing (late 1940s?) silk scarf from FileUnderVintage, showing scenes entitled ‘the Storyteller of Bagdad 1239’, a “Top Hit” fashion from “Baar and Beards, Inc.” made in Occupied Japan. Photograph: FileUnderVintage.

From the watch list, items I wish I’d given in and bought #2: this 50s border print skirt from momodeluxevintage with an exuberant fantasy Middle Eastern ‘Casbah’ street scene. A variation on the popular ‘destination print’ for dress fabrics of the 50s inspired by a popular cinematic fantasy image of the East. More of these scenic prints are surveyed in a Vintage Voyager blogpost here, and here’s an Etsy treasury of the most widespread variety, 'Casbah' by the Millworth Converting Co. Photograph: MoMoDeluxeVintage.

From the watch list, items I wish I’d given in and bought #2: this 50s border print skirt from momodeluxevintage with an exuberant fantasy Middle Eastern ‘Casbah’ street scene. A variation on the popular ‘destination print’ for dress fabrics of the 50s inspired by a popular cinematic fantasy image of the East. More of these scenic prints are surveyed in a Vintage Voyager blogpost here, and here’s an Etsy treasury of the most widespread variety, 'Casbah' by the Millworth Converting Co. Photograph: MoMoDeluxeVintage.

From the watch-list, items I wish I’d given in and bought #1: this (late?) 1950s Persian-miniature-print-patterned Delill tote, sold by OmniaVTG on Etsy. Photograph: OmniaVTG

From the watch-list, items I wish I’d given in and bought #1: this (late?) 1950s Persian-miniature-print-patterned Delill tote, sold by OmniaVTG on Etsy. Photograph: OmniaVTG

A sample of 1920s-30s printed cotton produced in the Soviet Union. The camels are probably from Central Asia rather than Arabia; the whole design appears to be inspired by cotton production, a crop promoted under the Soviet system in the arid south-east, Russia’s own ‘Orient’.  From a post by CJ on ‘English Russia’ via the Vintage Traveler (ultimate source of the images unclear).

A sample of 1920s-30s printed cotton produced in the Soviet Union. The camels are probably from Central Asia rather than Arabia; the whole design appears to be inspired by cotton production, a crop promoted under the Soviet system in the arid south-east, Russia’s own ‘Orient’.  From a post by CJ on ‘English Russia’ via the Vintage Traveler (ultimate source of the images unclear).

Early ’70s stylized landscape print with domes & Persian musicians, Tricel label.

Early ’70s stylized landscape print with domes & Persian musicians, Tricel label.

1960s? large embellished purse, no label. Persian miniature-inspired scene; I’m sure I’ve seen this somewhere before. Featured on Vintage Purse a Day, collection of Wendy Dager. Photograph, Wendy Dager.

1960s? large embellished purse, no label. Persian miniature-inspired scene; I’m sure I’ve seen this somewhere before. Featured on Vintage Purse a Day, collection of Wendy Dager. Photograph, Wendy Dager.

A detail from my vintage Leacock table cloth; the panel shows musicians, a dancer, a stork, and other birds. My label calls the pattern ‘Shalimar’ but other labels visible on Etsy give the name ‘Sultana’. There are some lovely colorways available.

A detail from my vintage Leacock table cloth; the panel shows musicians, a dancer, a stork, and other birds. My label calls the pattern ‘Shalimar’ but other labels visible on Etsy give the name ‘Sultana’. There are some lovely colorways available.

An update of my Etsy treasury of Persian-art-inspired linen patterns. The top row shows a popular Leacock pattern, called either ‘Shalimar’ or ‘Sultana’. The lower rows show popular Tammis Keefe variations on the theme. To view, click: https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/NjIxMjU1OHwyNzIzNDkzMjU2/the-persian-pose-novelty-patterned?index=0&atr_uid=

An update of my Etsy treasury of Persian-art-inspired linen patterns. The top row shows a popular Leacock pattern, called either ‘Shalimar’ or ‘Sultana’. The lower rows show popular Tammis Keefe variations on the theme. To view, click: https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/NjIxMjU1OHwyNzIzNDkzMjU2/the-persian-pose-novelty-patterned?index=0&atr_uid=

A Persian miniature showing an execution, decoratively used on the side of a ‘Carpetbags of America’ velvet tote bag, c. 1972. The fabric seems to date from the 1950s, and was previously used in high-end Delill purses.

A Persian miniature showing an execution, decoratively used on the side of a ‘Carpetbags of America’ velvet tote bag, c. 1972. The fabric seems to date from the 1950s, and was previously used in high-end Delill purses.

On the left, a Persian miniature battle scene; this is a panel of the same fabric used in 1950s Delill evening purses and bucket totes, remaindered and used by Carpetbags of America in the 1970s. The ad is from New York Magazine, and dates to 23rd October 1972.

On the left, a Persian miniature battle scene; this is a panel of the same fabric used in 1950s Delill evening purses and bucket totes, remaindered and used by Carpetbags of America in the 1970s. The ad is from New York Magazine, and dates to 23rd October 1972.

A Persian miniature battle scene used in a quilted Delill evening purse of the 1950s.

A Persian miniature battle scene used in a quilted Delill evening purse of the 1950s.

An unlabelled square textile bag (top left), a quilted, short Delill evening purse (bottom left) and Maxim vinyl-covered purse (right) all showing the same Persian court scene. The original version has a pair of wrestlers instead of the vase of flowers in the foreground.

An unlabelled square textile bag (top left), a quilted, short Delill evening purse (bottom left) and Maxim vinyl-covered purse (right) all showing the same Persian court scene. The original version has a pair of wrestlers instead of the vase of flowers in the foreground.

Selection of 1950s Delill bags using their Persian miniature print, with a vinyl-coated copy by Maxim in the centre.

Selection of 1950s Delill bags using their Persian miniature print, with a vinyl-coated copy by Maxim in the centre.

Persian Miniature purses of the ’50s-60s - a new survey

So many of these purses have appeared on Etsy in the last couple of years that I made a separate treasury for them on their own. My older, mixed dress/purse treasury shows some of the common scenes on different scales:

http://etsy.me/11brFCb

image

The very popular, blue & gold, quilted & sometimes vinyl-coated varieties (evening, frame & tote size) were made by Delill, and may have been the trend-setters (c. 1954). They appear here on the third and fourth rows down. The first two of the second row are also Delill. Maxim made a less high-end, vinyl-covered knock-off of the evening purse at approximately the same time.  The antique-toned frame copies, when they have a name, are marked ‘Admiral’ and ‘Berger’. The narrow Berger purse at the right end of the second row very clearly copies the broad Delill purse two purses to the left. The scenes used on the no-brand, velvet-quilted copy of the Delill totes - bottom left - are the same as those on the orange frame in the second row. These scenes were not used by Delill, but are quite common in the textile trade - I’ve seen them on fabrics produced from the ’50s to the early ’70s. All of these pictures are based on real original artworks, but some are more recognizable than others.

Single, quilted frames of the same prints were also set in primary-color architectural purses, but I don’t show those here. Wendy Dager of Vintage Purse a Day has a fantastic, no-brand, bead-embellished version:

http://vintagepurse.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/96-800x600-normal-0-false-false-false.html

See the full, clickable treasury here: http://etsy.me/18NeUv1

Pink disarticulated Persian garden print, from a cotton flared skirt, no label. Late 1950s or early 60s.

Pink disarticulated Persian garden print, from a cotton flared skirt, no label. Late 1950s or early 60s.

From the watch-list, items I wish I’d given in and bought #3: this amazing (late 1940s?) silk scarf from FileUnderVintage, showing scenes entitled ‘the Storyteller of Bagdad 1239’, a “Top Hit” fashion from “Baar and Beards, Inc.” made in Occupied Japan. Photograph: FileUnderVintage.

From the watch-list, items I wish I’d given in and bought #3: this amazing (late 1940s?) silk scarf from FileUnderVintage, showing scenes entitled ‘the Storyteller of Bagdad 1239’, a “Top Hit” fashion from “Baar and Beards, Inc.” made in Occupied Japan. Photograph: FileUnderVintage.

From the watch list, items I wish I’d given in and bought #2: this 50s border print skirt from momodeluxevintage with an exuberant fantasy Middle Eastern ‘Casbah’ street scene. A variation on the popular ‘destination print’ for dress fabrics of the 50s inspired by a popular cinematic fantasy image of the East. More of these scenic prints are surveyed in a Vintage Voyager blogpost here, and here’s an Etsy treasury of the most widespread variety, 'Casbah' by the Millworth Converting Co. Photograph: MoMoDeluxeVintage.

From the watch list, items I wish I’d given in and bought #2: this 50s border print skirt from momodeluxevintage with an exuberant fantasy Middle Eastern ‘Casbah’ street scene. A variation on the popular ‘destination print’ for dress fabrics of the 50s inspired by a popular cinematic fantasy image of the East. More of these scenic prints are surveyed in a Vintage Voyager blogpost here, and here’s an Etsy treasury of the most widespread variety, 'Casbah' by the Millworth Converting Co. Photograph: MoMoDeluxeVintage.

From the watch-list, items I wish I’d given in and bought #1: this (late?) 1950s Persian-miniature-print-patterned Delill tote, sold by OmniaVTG on Etsy. Photograph: OmniaVTG

From the watch-list, items I wish I’d given in and bought #1: this (late?) 1950s Persian-miniature-print-patterned Delill tote, sold by OmniaVTG on Etsy. Photograph: OmniaVTG

A sample of 1920s-30s printed cotton produced in the Soviet Union. The camels are probably from Central Asia rather than Arabia; the whole design appears to be inspired by cotton production, a crop promoted under the Soviet system in the arid south-east, Russia’s own ‘Orient’.  From a post by CJ on ‘English Russia’ via the Vintage Traveler (ultimate source of the images unclear).

A sample of 1920s-30s printed cotton produced in the Soviet Union. The camels are probably from Central Asia rather than Arabia; the whole design appears to be inspired by cotton production, a crop promoted under the Soviet system in the arid south-east, Russia’s own ‘Orient’.  From a post by CJ on ‘English Russia’ via the Vintage Traveler (ultimate source of the images unclear).

Early ’70s stylized landscape print with domes & Persian musicians, Tricel label.

Early ’70s stylized landscape print with domes & Persian musicians, Tricel label.

1960s? large embellished purse, no label. Persian miniature-inspired scene; I’m sure I’ve seen this somewhere before. Featured on Vintage Purse a Day, collection of Wendy Dager. Photograph, Wendy Dager.

1960s? large embellished purse, no label. Persian miniature-inspired scene; I’m sure I’ve seen this somewhere before. Featured on Vintage Purse a Day, collection of Wendy Dager. Photograph, Wendy Dager.

Persian Miniature purses of the ’50s-60s - a new survey

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20th-century textile prints and accessories from Europe & the US inspired by Persian painting, Islamic art & by western responses to Middle Eastern culture. Orientalist Threads is the continuation of Vintage Voyager, a blog on vintage clothing and accessories from 2006-2011. This tumblr shows items from my collection and comparable pieces available online.

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