RARE! Incredible piece!
This Piece: Standout piece by S. M. Hexter Company (#34226) is a heavier weight linen/cotton blend with a weave akin to a heavy Mid Century tea towel. Exotic motif of a turban wearing rider flanked by tigers and leopards riding through a layered and sumptuous landscape dripping with fruit trees, flowers, fruits, foliage, and decorative scroll work.
At first we regarded this as likely an East Indian figure, Mughal style. And it very well may be. But interestingly Medes, is an ancient Persian place whose people speak the Median language, so it may be an Iranian figure. A lot of archeological work was going on in the 1960s to discover the Median region so perhaps that news inspired this piece, even if its figure appears more Indian. Either way, it’s just so gorgeous. Will make a stunning chair seat/back, pillow fronts, ottoman top, or even stretched/framed it would be stunning.
54% linen/46% cotton.
SIZE: 26″ wide x 49″ long. Rider is 6″x6″, fruit tree is 11.5″ high by 4″ wide, animals are 4″ wide x 3″ tall.
COLORS: More vivid than my pics show the colors are chartreuse, Williamsburg Blue, pool blue, olive, russet, and tawny, on a pale butternut squash colored background.
What Can You Make With This? A pillow, Roman shade for a small window, backgrounds for message boards, and more. Large enough to cover the seat of a small dining room chair, or for part of a chair or settee when a different fabric is used on other parts of the piece, such as this designer is doing: https://w9yards.com/custom-chairs/
Maker: S. M. Hexter Company was founded in Columbus, Ohio likely in the early 20th century but possibly having grown out of other textile and clothier businesses by earlier members of the Hexter family. While little is available online about this company, it’s clear that they had a strong influence in the high-end 20th century American upholstery textiles market though they weren’t without controversy, having been challenged in court over allegations of unfair business practices. Sever S. M. Hexter Company pieces were in former exhibits/permanent collections at MoMa and the Cooper Hewitt Museum.
Why High-End Vintage Fabric Samples? Because the large over size sample and superior manufacturing quality make it possible to access a very high-end fabric for a smaller scale project without the high cost of these classic vintage fabrics, which often begin at over $150 a yard, if they can still be found at all. Other reasons are to access a small amount of discontinued fabric to match or to repair an existing piece in your home.