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From Paris– Fez Embroidery

August 6th, 2012

Daniel Pontius

These are two exquisite Fez embroideries I found in Paris. They are unique because of their dark blue color and  that they are larger complete pieces. The smaller of the two is fine example from the 19th century in tones of indigo and woad. It could be called architectural in the patterning. Several times the dealer told me  it is a classic design, “It’s in books!” she said. It has very fine stitching– the front and the back being the same, and if you embroidery, you know what talent that takes.

The second piece is from the 1940’s and is unusual in that it is an all over pattern, repeating the same motif. You can see the charming  –what you could call a conscious irregularity–  in the middle towards the right side where the motifs interconnect. This could be considered a  mistake, but it is most likely following the idea the only God is perfect. If you create a perfect textile you are saying you are like god. Therefore there is a conscious irregularity in the pattern to not be perfect.

Check out  some previous custom fez pillows I have made in the past.

For these two new Fez the question is…to cut or not to cut? I think for now these will be going up  for sale as is at PontiusSHOP later in the week.


Color Combinations

April 16th, 2013

Daniel Pontius

This fragment jumped off the shelf at me when I looking for Fez Textiles in Paris this past June.  Probably Greek  late 18th to Early 19th C– a fabulous piece of inspiration- long and narrow with 3 odd but delightful patterns embroidered in silk and metallic threads on a homespun linen. Bellow are details of the embroidery.

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Pillows from Yesterday @ Pat McGann

March 1st, 2011

Daniel Pontius

This is not Zoffany, it’s vintage Claridge house.
Egyptian applique. Made as tourist pieces.
The darker red are an antique fez embroidery and the orange -not as old.


Pillows Textiles and Things

June 1st, 2009

Daniel Pontius

Apparently, I like a lot of color. The 19th c Morrocan Fez embroidery pillows are a custom job I finished up last week. They are alongside some Laotian embroideries silk on homespun cotton. There is also a handwoven red, blue, and white textile panel on the back that I think perhaps is from the Balkans or there about. Also, simple orange silk pillows that I did up for my vintage orange sofa.