King's Silk Art: Embroidery from Imperial China

Posted by Shengfei Zhu & Pia Fennell on July 31, 2013

Twelve-symbol imperial robe cut in Qing style, Chinese, late nineteenth century.

Silk embroidery is an ancient and integral part of China's cultural heritage, and has long been associated with royalty. For centuries, this craft has adorned the vestments and palaces of Chinese emperors and their families to signify their supremacy and set them apart from those they ruled. Here we look at some of the most influential pieces of imperial silk embroidery from China's history, and examine both their influence on imperial culture and Chinese art in general.

What is Su Embroidery? The History of Suzhou Silk Embroidery Art

Posted by Amanda Mailer & Shengfei Zhu on May 30, 2013

Su embroidery (su xiu 苏绣) is the most celebrated of the four main styles of Chinese silk embroidery, hailing from Suzhou and surrounding towns of Jiangsu province. Renowned for its subtle and refined needlework, Su embroidery is praised for its use of the finest threads, balanced compositions, dense stitching and smooth finish.

8 New Silk Embroidery Art Pieces for Spring 2013

Posted by Amanda Mailer on April 09, 2013

We are excited to announce eight new additions to our silk embroidery art collection, along with a replenished stock of our existing artwork, available for purchase now.

Two favorites--One Hundred Koi and The Kiss--are now available in larger sizes, accompanied by six new pieces ranging from vivid blossoms and lively birds to noble calligraphy and a serene Buddha.

New High-Clarity Glass, Robust Frame and Mounting Process

Posted by Amanda Mailer on March 28, 2013

We love the exquisite delicateness of silk embroidery and are constantly striving to enhance the way it is displayed. We are proud to announce several improvements to our framing and mounting that will ensure you can enjoy every single detail of your silk embroidery art.

Our new frames will feature float glass--the flattest glass available. Because float glass achieves a near perfect plane, it offers minimum distortion and maximum clarity, allowing you to appreciate each shimmering thread.

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