This 44” x 40” white linen table runner is ornamented with pert raised embroidered red and blue flowers in a satin stitch known in Hungary as boszorkanyos. It is a very old and rare item from Erdely, Transylvania; we are guessing it dates back to 1890, and the most amazing thing about it is that the thread is handmade and the back is as beautiful as the front.
The visual beauty of the table runner has a playfulness to it—it’s as if the flowers are holding hands to form a ring-around-the-posy circle within a border set with blossoms reaching toward the center. A daisy-like flower crowns the very middle of the tablecloth to give it a youthful appeal.
This is but one of many luxurious one-of-a-kind antiques we have in our Pensacola atelier, as we have row upon row of textiles that include everything from antique French heirloom linens and primitive Austro-Hungarian Empire textiles to Art Deco and Bohemian specimens—at last count two million one-of-a-kind linens of the finest quality.
If you see a beautiful specimen on this site that you would like to see in person and you cannot visit us but you are a regular at either Round Top or the High Point Market, we will happily bring it to one of these shows so you can see for yourself how remarkable it is. See our Calendar of Events page for fair dates and let us know if we can bring our sumptuousness to you.
Did you know that samples of Zhou Dynasty era embroidery from between 1045 and 246 BC have survived the tests of time? Among these is an embroidered silk gauze garment from the Warring States period (9475 to 221 BC) that included satin stitch and chain stitch embroidery. These are the first stitches an embroider normally learns, and these particular hallmark stitches were worked in silk thread.
In 1544, an excavation in Ur, Sumer, now known as Iraq, unearthed a woven shroud ornamented with embroidery in pure gold thread. This specimen, dating back to 400 A.D., proved how highly embroidery was regarded given the precious metal the thread was made from. In cultures spanning from Persia and India to China and Japan, as well as from Greece to medieval and Baroque European countries, embroidery has been used to ornament clothing, religious objects and home décor to symbolize prestige and wealth through the ages.