Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, North Carolina

Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, North Carolina

Tryon Palace was built between 1767 and 1770 and was the first permanent capital of the colony of North Carolina. Governor Tryon and several other governors used the Palace before and after the American Revolution before Raleigh became the state capital in 1794. On April 21, 1791, George Washington was the guest of honor at a gala dinner and dance held at the Palace.

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Boteh

Boteh

A boteh is a somewhat kidney- or droplet-shaped figure used in Oriental rugs and textiles, from which the “paisley” motif is derived. Its origin has been a matter of speculation, probably Persia or India, and it is considered to represent both tangible items (such as a pear, a pinecone, a swaying tree, a palm or a leaf) to more mystical things like the “Flame of Zoroaster” or the “Tree of Life”.


Chinese Rugs – Dating Art Deco Desgins

Dating Chinese Art Deco Rugs

Chinese Art Deco rugs began to be woven around the turn of the twentieth century. These experimental rugs (before 1920) were probably woven in the traditional Chinese format in the floppy Beijing weave, but there may have been some produced in Tientsin with that region’s distinctively dense and heavier weave. These rugs were largely intended for the Western market and the colors were likely compatible with the richly colored [...] Click here to continue reading.


Mafrash – Bedding Bag

Mafrash – Bedding Bag

This is the Arabic word for a flat woven bag in the form of a box, used to contain bedding. Mafrash are not cradles nor are they used as such. Most mafrash are made in pairs, though not connected and have two sides and a bottom woven in one piece with ends added. The bottom is usually a striped plain weave and measures about three feet long by a foot [...] Click here to continue reading.


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