EXQUISITE example ofí«í_ bead embellishments in this old embroidered Swat valley textile panel.
The embroidery is nice too, but the beads are spectacular.
Swat textiles are rare and the beaded work on this type is almost impossible to find.
The embroidery seems to be slightly overrun with a pink shade - maybe some color-run during a wash. But it is a mild problem that is not immediately noticeable.
The backing cloth is most likely a Russian roller print that is slightly stained.
Probably 80-90 years old.
128cm x 20c
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.