Monday, February 20, 2012

New Treasures Found

Hello there!
Notice anything different?

How about now?

Found this great old
hand-painted tole tray last weekend.
Loved the unusual shape of it.

Paired it with my grandmother's old candlesticks
and a Staffordshire piece that I found years ago.

It's fun to change
things out and make room
for new finds, right?

Then I found this 
wonderful old 
antique paisley throw. 

Yummy colors.  

Wish I knew more about old paisleys.
Have always loved the amoeba-shaped pattern
which I just learned is also referred to 
as "Welsh pears" and "Persian pickles"!

Though I have several wool paisley throws, 
not one of them is remotely close 
to this oldie but goodie.
The ones that I have
are light-weight and reversible,
and I have used them as shawls
and tablecloths too. They are not old. 

But this one is very different.
It is extremely heavy and 
you can see the weaver's threads loose
on the backside of the piece.
It measures roughly 6 ft  x 6 ft".
The borders were woven 
and added separately - - corners mitered,
edges frayed fringe. 

I bought it thinking I might 
make it into pillows, 
but when it came back from the cleaners today, 
I realized I don't have the
heart to cut it!

The center has been meticulously
 replaced because it's so old
that through the years of folding, 
the center split beyond repair and was replaced.
(So the dealer I bought it from told me!?)

Do you know anything 
about dating antique paisley throws? 

Any suggestions are appreciated!

Thanks for popping by today.
Have you found any treasures lately?


Designs By Pinky said...

Delores at Vignette Design might be able to help you. She loves paisleys also and may have some knowledge. I am NO help:) Yours is beautiful! I wouldn't be able to cut it either. XO, Pinky

Olive Cooper said...

The tole tray is beautiful there. I know nothing of vintage paisleys but you are brave to have it dry cleaned. Just drape it over something and it will add texture-I know you know how to do it. BTW I made your pesto dip twice this weekend and my people ate it up. Thanks again for that, olive

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Love your new treasures Alison! The toile tray and candle sticks look beautiful in your kitchen! Have a great week.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Love your treasures, Alison, that paisley piece is just wonderful.
can't wait to see how you use it! AND your kitchen is fabulous!!

Sarah said...

Alison, both the tray and the throw are fabulous finds. Love the detail on the border of the tray. I don't have any old paisley pieces either. Wish I did! you found a beauty. Check with Delores @ Vignette Design. She recently did a post on paisley pieces. I bet she could give you some information. ~ Sarah

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Beautiful finds, Alison...the wonderful tole tray is unusual and looks gorgeous where you placed it! The throw is fabulous and I'm looking forward to seeing what you find out about it!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That's a beautiful throw, Alison! The colors are gorgeous!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your throw is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the colors and I would definitely let it take center stage somewhere in your home. The tole tray is beautiful, too. I love where you have it {love your whole kitchen by the way!}


The enchanted home said...

First thing my eye zoned in on...the beauifful tole tray!! Looks PERFECT, like its home at last:)
Cannot help you on the vintage paisley throw, but its a beautiful addition to your already beautiful home.

Paula said...

Your new tray is an incredible find and it looks perfect above your stove. This is the first time I've seen your kitchen and I'm in love!

Rebecca said...

The tole tray is certainly striking -a touch of simple sophistication above your stove.

The vintage paisley is lovely. (Seems I recently saw another post about paisleys.) I have a lot to learn. Never stopped to think there would be pattern names--but of course there would be! Hope you find out more. I'm looking forward to seeing where it "lands" in your home.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So pretty Alison. Of course your kitchen is always stunning so your new treasures add a sweet extra touch! Love them! Have a great week!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Your kitchen is one of my favs! Gorgeous tray and beautiful paisleys. Great finds. Linda

Tina said...

What wonderful treasures! The tole tray is so unique and the Paisley piece is beautiful. Maybe you could contact a museum, they might be able to direct you to someone that can help you out.

Have a wonderful week.

Linda said...

Oh Alison what gorgeous finds. I wouldn't cut up that throw. What a lovely accent piece. Love your stools.

Bliss said...

I always referred to paisley as amoeba shape too. I have a teal amoeba couch maybe you want??? Please???


Sweet Posy Dreams said...

The tray fits that space so perfectly -- must have been meant to be!

5th and State said...

oh i so love your taste alison!
that throw is such a stunner. visit debra at acquired objects blog. she is a textile expert, particularly vintage

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Your tray looks perfect there! What a beautiful paisley throw.

Kelly said...

I love your kitchen! The little mantel area above the stove makes a perfect place to display things like that tray. That looks so pretty.

michele said...

the tray looks fabulous, A. paisleys are all the rage right now, which i find hilarious because for me, paisleys never fall from style! debra over at acquired objects would be your girl for any education on old textiles!


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I guess I had not seen your kitchen before, it is gorgeous. No hunting for me...budget cuts! But my girlfriends are hunting next wed on leap day! The tray is beautiful and looks wonderful with your Grandmothers candlesticks.

AshTreeCottage said...

I don't know anything about dating antique paisley throws, but I do know that I love that toile tray! Have a happy day today.

Susan and Bentley

Kim said...

Oh such wonderful treasures Alison! What I would give to go antiquing with you. The fun we would have!

Deserae said...

The tole tray is beautiful and looks perfect above your stove! Love your new paisley throw is absolutely gorgeous!!!!


I love the tray and where you put it too, lovely kitchen too! The throw looks fab, I wouldn't have the heart to cut it into pillows either! I don't know a thing about antique throws, but someone in blog land will. Hugs,

Richard Cottrell said...

i love your new tray. I have a thing for them, Never have anywhere to display them, but love using them in the summer to serve from. I have had a lot of paisleys in my career, but none for my own home. I love them. Richard from My Old Historic House.

mickey said...

I am looking for a tray like that, was it a fortune? Love the paisley too!

Carole said...

No I know nothing about paisley. Parsley yes! haha just change a couple of letters. Ok that was really stupid:)
I do love your kitchen! and the tray is perfect over the stove. Is it ok to drool over a stove?


Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Alison,
Wow, such a great find I love the tole try..I'm a big fan of tole painting.
I love your candle sticks too..
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

At Home in English Valley said...

Alison your kitchen is beautiful, and the tray has found a perfect home. I often find things I think I want to cut up to make something else, but I rarely do. I can't seem to make that first cut. Beautiful finds for your beautiful home, love, Penny

Karen said...

I was antiquing with two dear friends on Saturday and I came across a vintage paisley throw that very much resembles the one you found, even the colors were similar. I believe I just read something on Vignette Design about vintage paisley. The tray, Staffordshire and your grandmother's candlesticks look great in your lovely kitchen.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Love the tray. I have those candle sticks but painted them white. Now I wish I wouldn't have. Yours look great!

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

Sounds like Delores is the go-to paisley source! Love your kitchen! Wonderful light fixture!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Love the tole pretty! What a nice place for display in your kitchen.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Alison, what wonderful treasures!! You always have the most gorgeous pieces!!

vignette design said...

Hi Alison,
You have a gorgeous paisley! It does look like it is handmade. Hard to tell how old it is. It has been repaired, which in my mind means it was well taken care of. The center doesn't look original and I'm not sure about the seams on the corners. It doesn't matter at all. I have some that are mint and some that are in shambles. I just love the texture and color of them. I bet you will probably be on the hunt for more of these now! Good luck and happy hunting. ~Delores
PS: Love your gorgeous kitchen!

Town and Country Gals said...

the tray looks great in your kitchen it's really lovely. I would never be able to cut it up! Like you, paisley prints are my favorites but I don't know anything about them, just that I love them. My comforter set is a paisley print with cinnamon, oranges, browns and tans and I love it!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your tray is fantastic and it looks amazing in your kitchen. Love how you have displayed it. You paisley throw is fantastic. I love the colors and paisley has always been one of my favorites. So beautiful. I havn't seen one so heavy either, fantastic find. Hugs, Marty

Calypso In The Country said...

I love that tray and of course that amazing kitchen! The tray was just made for that spot! Have a great day!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I love tole trays...started collecting them years favorite..What a beautiful piece that you found..I do not think I could bring myself to "cut it up" either..., love, your kitchen..just beautiful!!