Textiles from the ancient world has great importance for us as they tell us about the history, styles and forms of textiles that prevailed in ancient times. These clothing pieces also reflect the socio-economic and cultural influences and inform us about various societies, communities and civilizations that emerged and existed.

Throughout the world, preserved ancient textile collection includes a wide range of artifacts viz. tapestries, carpets, quilts, clothing, flags and curtains, as well as objects which ‘’contain’’ textiles, such as upholstered furniture, dolls, and accessories such as fans, parasols, gloves and hats or bonnets. They are largely conserved to be preserved from future damage under teh supervision of professional art conservationists and are stored safely in museums, historic societies/locations, and as private collections.


The Pazyryk Carpet - oldest known knotted carpet, preserved in a Scythe tomb (kurgan) from the 4th -3th century B.C.

Roundel Fragment, 7th Century, Byzantine, Polychrome wool and undyed linen, tapestry weave.                                                                                                                                                   A popular theme of roundels for tunics was the Old Testament story of Joseph. Inspired by silk weavings, the nine events shown here are from Genesis 37:9–36. At the center of this example, Joseph is seen dreaming that the sun, moon, and stars bow down to him. Two horizontally configured faces representing the sun and the moon are placed together with five stars to the left of the sleeping Joseph. The remnants of the imagery represent other episodes from Joseph’s childhood: Joseph’s Departure for Schechem; Joseph’s Arrival to His Brothers; Joseph Removed from the Well; Joseph’s Coat Stained with Blood; Joseph Sold to the Ishmaelite Traders; Reuben’s Lamentation; Joseph Brought to Egypt; and Joseph Sold to Potiphar. These scenes are read counterclockwise, beginning at “11 o’clock.” Source: http://www.metmuseum.org