We are offering a beautiful kashmir style, antique wool paisley shawl with decorative embroidered border gates and two embroidered inscriptions. Probably made in Scotland in late 1800's, this piece is 69" by 70.5" and is a nice heavy wool. One inscription(in white thread) is on the edge of the piece and the other, although not complete, is in the center black area, near the edge(you can see it in the photos). If I hold it up to the light you can see that the inscription is half gone, but when whole was made up of two smaller paisley-like designs in a ying/yang mirror effect. I had it evaluated by two textile experts who said it was in very good condition. One said of the inscriptions(quoted), "It is unusual to see two on one of these shawls. The central one in the black field was meant to emulate the dedication inscriptions on Kashmir shawls of the late 19th century, the pieced ones that are rather commonly found". I was also told that the side inscription was emulating the French copies of the Kashmir and were perhaps inventory numbers. The condition is very good. There is only one noticeable hole in the black center (it is shown in one of the photos and is a little smaller that a pencil eraser top) and a few smaller holes(or just thin areas)in the body. And there are a few gates with small holes or thin spots. No odors. Please email with any questions or if you would like more photos.
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