Textiles like these are most often valued for the intricacy of the design and artistic use of the ribbons as they were sewn together. This particular item is an uncommon size at 19-inches by 35-inches. It was probably intended to be a small runner, perhaps for use as a dresser scarf, or on an upright piano or small rectangular table, according to Laura Fisher of Fisher Heritage in New York.
Small cigar ribbon textiles like pillow faces and table covers start at around $100 for common colors like deep yellow and orange. Those using less common ribbon colors such as red, green and blue and displaying more complex patterns, even when those more intricate designs are found in common colors, can be worth two to four times more for a similarly sized piece.
To see an example of a cigar ribbon quilt, continue to page 3.