Drawn Thread Work and White Work with a highlight of contrasting color - pretty border from: італійська вишивка . - Italian embroidery§ molto fine e bello §

Mehraban carpet

Mehraban Carpet - Would make a great background for the black Grand Piano to…

Chinese Pattern - I like all of these except the one on the bottom.

From Examples of Chinese ornament, by Owen Jones, London, Various objects in blue-and-white china. The center composition and the borders at the top of the plate are very Persian in character and arrangement.

Eastern Punjabi four panel shawl, ca. 1800-1900

Eastern Panjab four panels Shawl. Silk embroidery on a cotton plain weave.The two pictures at top are detail area of shawl, 1800 - 1900 A.

FolkCostume  (*tons* of information on folk costuming, embroidery, construction, with maps and history, and other good stuff)

SO much more here than free cross-stitchable (and knittable if you grok Fair Aisle) patterns. Come for the gridded designs; stay for the historic textiles and jewellery.