This beautiful piece dates to sometime during the first quarter of the 20th century. This type of appliqué embroidery was done by tentmakers in Egypt and these panels were made to decorate the interiors of tents. This piece was probably made for the tourist trade as it represents a battle scene with Ramses from Egyptian history. The cotton fabrics were vegetable dyed and attached to a heavy, rough canvas backing. The appliqué designs are all done by hand and the details on this piece are amazing. There is some age wear to the piece with areas mostly to the darker tan color where the fabric has broken down. Also, the is much wear to the red border and an area with obvious repair to the right side. It is a large panel measuring approximately 44" x 71". The colors are beautiful and age has softened them to very muted earthly tones of turquoise, deep red, ochre. This would be a wonderful wall hanging and would be an eclectic addition to a room setting. I would not begin to know how to clean this and I'm not sure it should be cleaned due to the fragile areas. It conjures up images of a long ago trip to Egypt where this lovely piece came back as a reminder of the wonders of the ancient land.
The piece is quite heavy, over 3lbs. US shipping only-my shipping amounts are estimates until the item is packaged and destination zip code is added. I promptly refund any shipping over charges.