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Scarves & Wraps - General

Solame of biblical lore seductively danced for King Herod draped in seven veils, at least according to Oscar Wilde's telling of the story. But she would hardly be the last to keep herself under wraps for warmth, ornamentation, and an air of mystery.

The scarf is believed to have originated in Ancient Rome when Romans used them to keep perspiration at bay. But what began as a glorified handkerchief is today capable of effortlessly elevating any ensemble.

Once year-round staples for style-savvy women, scarves and wraps eventually faded into the fashion background. But these malleable expanses of material have made a strong comeback. Today, Hermès of Paris, appreciated for its iconic silk scarves, is but one highly coveted producer of silken panels. Other French brands including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Saint Laurent have loyal followings, as do Italian labels Gucci, Versace, and Etro.

Whether rendered in silk, wool, cashmere, or other material, vintage scarves and wraps by big-name designers and lesser-known independent makers alike have enduring appeal.


Quick Facts

  • A set of eight YSL scarves from the '70s and '80s sold at a Christie's auction in London in 2008 for £500
  • In a 2014 Austin auction, a Fendi fringed cashmere shawl embellished with mink fur rosettes sold for $425
  • In August 2014, a rare '40s silk scarf with a geometric design conceived by American abstract artist Irene Rice Pereira sold on eBay for $1,100

Recommended Items at Auction

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Vintage BURBERRYS Cashmere Nova Check Fringe Scarf
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage BURBERRYS Cashmere Nova Check Fringe Scarf
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $50
$505 Bids
EMILIO PUCCI Signed Vtg Silk Cubist Pattern Scarf
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
EMILIO PUCCI Signed Vtg Silk Cubist Pattern Scarf
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$604 Bids
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Frank STELLA (Né en 1936) The Whale-Watch - 1994 Etole en crêpe de soie
Oct 04, 12:00 PM CEST
Frank STELLA (Né en 1936) The Whale-Watch - 1994 Etole en crêpe de soie
by Artcurial
Est: €600- €800
€5404 Bids
PAISLEY SHAWL
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
PAISLEY SHAWL
by Withington Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$1303 Bids
GUCCI V. Accornero Stg Sea Print Silk Scarf, Italy
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
GUCCI V. Accornero Stg Sea Print Silk Scarf, Italy
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$203 Bids
BOTTEGA VENETA Signed Abstract Silk Scarf
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
BOTTEGA VENETA Signed Abstract Silk Scarf
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$152 Bids
Paisley Shawls
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Paisley Shawls
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$152 Bids
BURBERRY Nova Check Cashmere Fringe Trim Scarf
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
BURBERRY Nova Check Cashmere Fringe Trim Scarf
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $80
$202 Bids
BOTTEGA VENETA Silk Hand Rolled Scarf, Italy sgn
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
BOTTEGA VENETA Silk Hand Rolled Scarf, Italy sgn
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $120
$202 Bids
BILL BLASS Oversized Polka Dot Silk Scarf, Sgn
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
BILL BLASS Oversized Polka Dot Silk Scarf, Sgn
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $120
$11 Bid
KIESELSTEIN CORD Luxury Silk Animal Scarf
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
KIESELSTEIN CORD Luxury Silk Animal Scarf
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $80
$11 Bid
Lot of 6 Shawls C 1920's
Oct 22, 10:00 AM CDT
Lot of 6 Shawls C 1920's
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Paisley Shawl
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Paisley Shawl
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Sikh Amlikar Rumal (embroidered square shawl) depicting Scenes from the Isk
Oct 28, 10:00 AM BST
Sikh Amlikar Rumal (embroidered square shawl) depicting Scenes from the Isk
by Roseberys
Est: £2,000- £2,500
£1,4001 Bid
Louis Vuitton Wool Cashmere Leopard Wraps 2pc LOT
Oct 26, 12:00 PM EDT
Louis Vuitton Wool Cashmere Leopard Wraps 2pc LOT
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Louis Vuitton LV Logo Silk Wool Shawl Scarves LOT
Oct 26, 12:00 PM EDT
Louis Vuitton LV Logo Silk Wool Shawl Scarves LOT
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Vintage Large Floral Lattice Scarf
Oct 22, 2:00 PM EDT
Vintage Large Floral Lattice Scarf
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $30- $60
$200 Bids
Vintage Southwest Native American Motif Silk Scarf
Oct 08, 2:00 PM EDT
Vintage Southwest Native American Motif Silk Scarf
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Vintage Persian Ornamental Scroll Silk Scarf
Oct 08, 2:00 PM EDT
Vintage Persian Ornamental Scroll Silk Scarf
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Patrick Heron (1920-1999)
Oct 04, 10:00 AM BST
Patrick Heron (1920-1999)
by Sworders
Est: £400- £600
£3200 Bids
§ GRAYSON PERRY CBE RA (BRITISH B.1960)
Oct 05, 1:00 PM BST
§ GRAYSON PERRY CBE RA (BRITISH B.1960)
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1600 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Scarves & Wraps - General


The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

Chiswick Auctions

Chiswick Auctions

Connoisseur Online

Connoisseur Online

Donley Auction Services

Donley Auction Services