Pair of vintage Afghani tribal metallic embroidery medallions called "gul".
Size: 3.25 inches
Center: Metallic embroidery
Thickness: 1/4 inch
Base: Layered fabric and cardboard
Decoration: Face of these medallions is completely covered in embroidery with colorful yarn and silver metallic thread
Colors: Silver, deep pink, green, blue, orange
Photos with WHITE background show color most accurately.
Matched pair of vintage round medallions. These tribal pieces are called gul, and have been removed from old clothing or other decorative items. Because these pieces are handmade, there may be some slight variation in size, shape or pattern. Medallions are made from glass seed beads (also possibly plastic beads that imitate tiny cowrie shells) and a backing material that can include a cardboard or plastic disc covered in fabric or a backing of felt, which can sometimes be made from animal hair. Backing material may be quite thick or stiff, or can be thin and flexible.
Afghani beadwork is some of the finest in the world, often with intricate mathematical patterns. (Studies have been done on the mathematics of Kuchi beadwork - ask me about it!) Please be aware that these pieces have been used and reused, often many times, and will show wear in places. If necessary, beadwork can often be repaired simply by running a bit of beading floss through the beads and knotting it securely.
A NOTE ON THE CONDITION OF TRIBAL ITEMS: Our tribal beadwork and textile items are used tribal pieces from faraway lands. As used pieces our items will may be frayed, faded or otherwise reflect their prior lives as treasured tribal pieces. Please know that we strive to maintain the tribal allure of our items and therefore we DO NOT CLEAN or repair these pieces in any way. This not only maintains the old, tribal look of each piece that our belly dance customers seek, but also preserves the value of a piece that cleaning would destroy.
We do our best to describe any flaws that may be present, and we encourage you to read the full description and look at all photos closely to judge the condition of the item for yourself and know exactly what you are ordering. If you have questions about the condition of any item, please ask!