Wednesday, August 10, 2011

bargello craft in an old swiss home

Living in a very, very old region in a house at least 400 years old, you find all kinds of beautiful furnishings, hinges, timbers, tiles.... well all sorts.  And, often the best way to understand the life of the house you need to research the items between the walls.

So I have been researching and have been unable to find a clear history on the hand-stitched textile known as Bargello.  It is all through the house on chairs and cushions and I believe it has also been traditionally used for rugs.

The stitch can be done in many geometric patterns and in all the colours you love.  Artisans use wool on a firm backing and simply repeat a beautiful pattern.  

These are our Bargello upholstered antique chairs...

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