Embroidered Velvet Pillow with Afghan Vintage Textile, ”Afghanistan with Love”

Embroidered Velvet Pillow with Afghan Vintage Textile, ”Afghanistan with Love”

I made this! A velvet pillow with an insert using a vintage hand embroidered textile from Afghanistan. Several years ago I bought this lush, gorgeous printed velvet and finally found a nice way to use it. I incorporated an Afghan embroidered remnant in the middle which made the whole thing look quite royal! The remnant is a maroon satin embroidered with a faded pumpkin chain stitched and then accented with silver trim. I added silver glass beads around the border of the embroidery to call out to that silver trim.

This would be a great gift for a man. Someone who has a room which looks like a pipe was smoked in, say some hundred years ago… It would also look great wherever YOU want to put it.

At the time of this listing, I had two similar pillows and I just photographed one. So, the pillow you get might be slightly different, but very close. The backing of the pillow is made from that same lovely velvet. The last photo shows the back. There is no zipper.

Care: Hand wash and dry flat. Pillow form not included. Most fabric stores carry pillow forms. A standard 16″ form will fit this pillow.


This listing refers you to my shop on Etsy. I’ve been there for a long time and sold on eBay for nine years before that. I will be adding new listings to my shop here on Artizan Made. I also manage shops for Afghan Tribal Arts and Oshiwa Designs. Purchased between the three shops can be shipped together. I will send an invoice for shipping separately if it involves items that don’t fit into a flat rate envelope.

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Rayela Art

I have loved working with my hands since childhood and have tried many craft techniques, finally settling on the textile arts as my main form of expression. I like pulling bits and pieces together to make a greater whole, assembling textures on to a form. But, my bins of fabric are on hold for now as I recently discovered a new obsession, knitting! We'll see how all of these interests merge together over time... I have also sold supplies and tools that I purchase from traders or find in thrift stores. Textile remnants and printing blocks are two favorites I look for. So you might find these, along with what I make, in my shop.

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Cancellations, Returns and Exchanges

I believe that customers should be 100% happy with what they buy from me, so will accept returns with no questions asked. Although the internet has made it much easier to access our beautiful world, there are many reasons something might not be quite what was expected. I try to photograph each piece as well as I can and give good descriptions, but if you are not happy with what you bought, do return it.


Full refunds minus shipping are given on all returns. Customer pays for shipping both to purchase and to return. Returns must be done within 10 days of purchase. International customers can return within 10 days of receipt, but need to check in and inform me about what is going on.


I use the United States Postal Service for shipping, usually using their flat rate envelopes and boxes. I can ship using 1st Class airmail, which is a lot cheaper, but it is not as secure. In the over 20 years that I have used the US Post Office, rarely has there been a loss of mail, although many countries do keep things in customs for a long time. If something is lost, we will process it through the US Post Office. This cannot be done until one month after the shipping date and takes a couple of weeks. I am not responsible for products lost in the mail.
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