Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Yes or No?

What do you think of these vintage Egyptian motif wall hangings?

I love the colors and I love the stripes. And the fact that they are textiles. Could be awesome framed, put behind plexiglass with some brass screws or hung as-is. I love that they are male and female, too, and that they come as two vertical panels (always nice for symmetrical wall space). I think the key with pieces like this is juxtaposition - actually making them stand out against differing items makes them intentional and a focal point.

But what do you think? Cool? Or ugly as sin?


  1. Anonymous10/10/2012

    I think they are amazing--I'm a sucker for anything handmade, and this is so well done...... I say go for it! You'll have something no one else has.
    Sometimes I wonder if we love things because of
    their ubiquity--the fact that they have been pronounced cool. With something unusual, sometimes we don't trust our gut. I know you can make these work!!

  2. Anonymous10/10/2012

    These would be so chic as you say behind plexiglass in my boy/girl shared bathroom. It already has sort of a seafoam tile on the walls and lots of white.

  3. Anonymous10/10/2012

    Depends on the space. I'd use them in family room area or chdildrens' hallway. Like the idea for the framing.

  4. I was about to type "NO" but now I am thinking that they could be fabulous if done in a very modern way.

  5. Anonymous10/10/2012

    No. They belong next to a pink plastic flamingo and a pot of plastic flowers. Kitsch, if that is the look you are going for.


  6. Anonymous10/10/2012

    I want to say yes... but, NO. If I have to try to talk myself into liking something, it's a no.

  7. Anonymous10/10/2012

    Just say no. They just seem over the top.

  8. Anonymous10/10/2012

    Truly ugly!


  9. An emphatic yes!

  10. I am all about the unusual being fabulous, but these are a definite no for me. If they were on papyrus instead of quilted, maybe; but fabric art: no for me.

  11. Anonymous10/11/2012

    Done the wrong way? Yes, bad. Handled in a modern way? It could be great. I say it's just nice to have new things to look at. I sometimes get tired of the "tufted, Beni'd, Imperial Trellis'd" images we all gravitate to like lemmings....If you love it, do it! It's your house. Restrained & safe good taste all the time in all settings is overrated.....

  12. As far as decorating is concerned, I use older versions of these and more recent arabesque variations instead of the 1960-80s style you have here. I'm roughly estimating that date by the fading/wearing of the textiles and their palette, btw. I could be wrong :)

    You might also be interested to know exactly what these items are. You have in your possession a pair of Egyptian Tentmaker's appliques, known formally as Khayamiya. I'm currently writing a history of this distinctive art form, and Kim Beamish is now producing a documentary on the living Tentmakers. You can read more about it by following his facebook page "The Tentmakers of Chareh el-Khiamiah", or having a look at my preliminary Wikipedia article on "Khayamiya".

    A great find - well done! I hope you are still happy with them in your home :)

  13. Anonymous4/18/2015

    We bought similar ones in Egypt in 1968 and I never knew where to put them or how they could fit in with my decorating. So now, almost 50 years later, I am going to either use them or lose them. I hung a horizontal khayamiya on the landing above a bench and under a window. Beautiful! It stands out because there is nothing else distracting its beauty. I have an empty wall in my dining room that can be seen upon entering our house. It's hard to have more than one of them on a wall as they are pretty "busy" but by itself, it stands out and adds interest to an otherwise boring wall. I plan to frame it for a more finished look. I like these khayamiyas now even though I didn't know what to do with them all of these years. Not everyone has been to Egypt and they kind of "tell our story."


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