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Folk Art Pillows and Throws

FOLK ART STYLE

Folk art is a genre of art that shares the creator’s traditions, offering not just an artistic display but an opportunity to learn about a culture. Antique, new and vintage folk art typically reflects a heritage or location. It can include utilitarian objects and handmade art as diverse as weather vanes, duck decoys, portraiture and paintings, carnival art and quilts.

Quilts are a quintessential part of American folk art but their roots are international, with quilting dating back to Ancient Egypt. The practice spread to Europe and was especially prominent in the Middle Ages, with one of the oldest surviving examples being the Tristan quilt made in Sicily in the 14th century. They were made as bedcovers and clothing, including as a layer for knights to wear beneath their armor. Native American folk art includes functional objects reflecting their heritage, such as baskets, textiles and wooden pieces.

Elsewhere, the vast range of work associated with Mexican folk art includes masks made by Mexican craftspeople for traditional celebrations and ceremonial dances. Mexican masks are part of the country’s folk-art traditions that go back thousands of years and play a role in festivals and theater.

Works in the folk art tradition are valuable because of the skills involved, like weaving, hand-carving wood and even stonework. Many folk artists are self-taught, while some train as apprentices within their community. By using available materials and taking a personal approach to their creations, artists ensure each piece is unique and conveys a story.

During the Great Depression, artistic materials in America were hard to come by, so artisans used discarded wood from cigar boxes and shipping crates to make highly stylized, notched pieces — most often picture frames and boxes — that are today sought after by collectors. This folk art style is called tramp art and was popular from roughly 1870 until the 1940s.

Folk art brings vibrant culture and traditions into your home. Browse an extensive collection of antique, new and vintage folk art on 1stDibs.

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Style: Folk Art
Turkish Green Rooster Pictorial Wool Cotton Rug Pillow
Located in New York, NY
Pillow made from a Turkish rug depicting a colorful rooster. Rose, beige, light green accents on a tan field. Measures: 1'4" x 2'.
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Foam, Wool

Large Gypsy Oriental Salt Bag or Rug Embroidery Pillow
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Gorgeous oriental pillow or seat pillow. Handmade of woolen salt bag or Oriental rug. A beautiful item to put on your leather sofa or a bench. The height including the fringes is app...
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1960s Unknown Vintage Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Pictorial Mohtasham Kashan Rug Pillows, Set of 2
Located in New York, NY
Set of pillows made from a mid 19th century Persian Pictorial Mohtasham Kashan wool rug Measuring: 11” x 16” & 11'' x 12'' respectively.
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Mid-19th Century Persian Antique Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Foam

Royal Alpaca Hand Woven Throw Made in Peru
Located in Seattle, WA
Pushing the boundaries of sustainable luxury textiles for interiors, we preserve the heritage of and empower alpaca farmers. Every step of the production is controlled by Inata to gu...
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2010s Peruvian Folk Art Pillows and Throws

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Alpaca

Pictorial Egyptian Textile
Located in New York, NY
Late 20th Century Egypian Textile Embroidery with a pictorial design Measures: 1'10'' x 7'10''.
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Late 20th Century Egyptian Folk Art Pillows and Throws

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Cotton

Vintage Turkish Rooster Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Turkishmat size rug depicting a rooster on an ivory field. Dated 1976 Measures: 1'10" x 2'.
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1970s Vintage Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Foam

Persian Bakshaish Pictorial Fragment Rug
Located in New York, NY
Mid 19th Century Persian Bakshaish Fragment Rug with 10 soldiers standing on a beige field. Measures: 19''x 60''.
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Mid-19th Century Antique Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Vintage Throw Decorative Needlepoint Dogs Pillow
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Charming dog pillow featuring portrait of a Yorkshire Terrier against a tan background. Bordered in browns. Hand-crafted in 100% wool needlepoint. Great gift for the Yorkie...
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20th Century American Folk Art Pillows and Throws

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Fabric

Large Traditional Hand-Worked Indian Vintage Cushion or Pillow Cover
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a dazzling colorful large, 24 x 24 inch pillow or cushion cover ( or wall hanging) all hand-worked from fabric strips of vintage sari's and other coverings in the traditional...
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20th Century Indian Folk Art Pillows and Throws

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Fabric

Silk Metallic Turkish Hereke Pictorial Rug
Located in New York, NY
A late 20th century Turkish Herekeh silk and metallic pictorial Rug In the mid-19th century, Sultan Abdul Majid proclaimed Hereke to be the royal weaving village. The small rugs wer...
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20th Century Turkish Folk Art Pillows and Throws

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Metallic Thread

Pictorial Turkish Camel Rug
Located in New York, NY
A cute small Turkish Pictorial Camel rug depicting a man pulling a large camel. Its also dated 1983 Measures: 2'2'' x 3'.
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1980s Vintage Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Gorgeous Vintage Asian Thai Silk Scarf
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Gorgeous vintage hand painted silk scarf in mint pristine condition. Hand painted by local Thai artist. With a temple, pagoda, horses ceremonial boats. Great gift 100 % silk, handc...
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Mid-20th Century Thai Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Silk

Fantastic Chimayo Weaving Pillow
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vibrant Chimayo weaving pillow with linen backing, down and feather insert.
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Rolakan Pillow, Cushion, Sofa Cushion by Selma Giöbel, Sweden, circa 1900
By Selma Giöbel 1
Located in Bochum, NRW
Very rare and hard to find, this Rolakan pillow was designed by Selma Giöbel circa 1900, and it is a living example of an exquisite work of art. Not only the timeless geometric desig...
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Early 1900s Swedish Antique Folk Art Pillows and Throws

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Wool

Crewel Embroidered Area Rug or Tapestry
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Fringe is perfect -- we didn't realize it was a bit pushed aside in the 1st photograph. Beautiful traditional embroidered crewel rug or tapestry from a Palm Beach estate - probabl...
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Late 20th Century Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Textile

Chicken Rooster Vintage Turkish Square Rug
Located in New York, NY
mid 20th century turkish rug depicting a chicken and rooster on a brown field Measures: 2'10" x 2'10''.
Category

Mid-20th Century Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton, Foam, Wool

Early 19thc Hand Woven Red & Blue Coverlet Pillows-Set of Four
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early woven coverlet pillows with fantastic blue linen backings. The inserts are down & feather fill.
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Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

Animal Motif Tibetan Large Lumbar Size Pillow
Located in New York, NY
Bolster size pillow made from a mid-19th century animal motif Tibetan rug in red blue and camel. Backed in cotton, zipper closure provided too. Measures: 16" x 26".
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19th Century Antique Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Foam

Tibetan Horse Cover Textile Rug, Early 20th Century
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century Tibetan horse cover textile rug in blue and yellow, circa 1900, measures: 2'1" x 4'9".
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Early 20th Century Tibetan Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool, Cotton

Tibetan Dragon Horse Cover Textile Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century Tibetan dragon horse cover textile rug, circa 1900, measures: 2'5" x 4'.
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Early 20th Century Tibetan Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool, Cotton

19th Century Collection of Indigo Coverlet Pillows, 4
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These fine handwoven coverlet pillows are in fine condition and have indigo blue linen backings. The inserts are down and feather fill.
Category

19th Century American Antique Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Cotton

French Needlepoint with Pigeon
Located in New York, NY
An interesting French needlepoint with a colorful pigeon from the middle of the 20th century. The bottom has an interesting set of color samples too.
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20th Century French Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Pair of Neutral Tabriz Pictorial Reindeer Mats
Located in New York, NY
A pair of neutral Persian Tabriz rugs from the mid-20th century with a set of reindeer's staring at each other, Measuring 21'' x 34'' respectively.  
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20th Century Persian Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Pictorial Folk Art Soumac Pillow
Located in New York, NY
Pillow made from a flat-weave Persian pillow.
Category

Late 19th Century Persian Antique Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Foam

Mexican Indian Weaving's Bird Pillows
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These amazing handwoven bird weaving pillows have brown cotton linen backings. Sold individually for $495. Each. They are in Fine condition. Total of six pillows in stock.
Category

20th Century American Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Woven Wool Horse Blanket Pillows or Collection of Three
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This group of three Indian weaving pillows include two kidney striped pillows and one horse head pillow. The condition are pristine.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool, Linen

Pillows Made Out of 19th Century Shahsavan Caucasian Kilim
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
nr. 114 /3 - 7 . Set of pillows made with a fragment of a rare Shahsavan Caucasian Kilim.
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Mid-19th Century Caucasian Antique Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

Set of Three Handwoven Crochet Throws
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of three handwoven crochet throws in beautiful condition. Measurements are as follows for all throws, Multi-color striped throw - 64in x 44in Black and pink throw - 40in x 60i...
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1930s American Vintage Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Wool

19th Century Linen Plaid Pillows
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Linen plaid pillows in blue and white. Backing is white homespun linen. Zipper on bottom and down and feather inserts.   
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Linen

Pair of Horse Blanket Pillows
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of horse blanket pillows.
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1890s American Antique Folk Art Pillows and Throws

Materials

Down

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