Browsing articles from "February, 2008"

La Maitrise –

Feb 28, 2008 | Leave a Comment


Continuing on the theme of my last entry, here’s a floral print on the other end of the economic spectrum from a site I like to check in on every few months, Kathleen Taylor’s The Lotus Collection. Here’s their description of this cloth: “Early 20th century printed cotton ‘La Maitrise’ with large white rose heads outlined in bright fuscia on burnt orange squares and blue leaves all on a yellow ground. This panel represents the “master” print of this design.” 37″ x 32 1/2″ wide. $2250.

Sofia at Contemporary Cloth –

Feb 26, 2008 | Leave a Comment



Here’s a great pattern named “Sofia” from the website contemporary cloth. Only $16.50 a yard! And three colorways to choose from — the two here plus a sweet pink and green. The black and white could be very urban / chic while the orange and yellow begs to be joined up with some ’70s avocado green.

Fornasetti Rug Collection –

Feb 23, 2008 | Leave a Comment

I saw this carpet while leafing through this month’s Elle Decor magazine this afternoon. It’s produced by Roubini Rugs and is a Piero Fornasetti design. Roubini has just debuted a whole line of Fornasetti rugs, including some featuring his well known lips, eyes and faces imagery. I do love this snake though — very anti-domestic to have a potentially poisonous snake moving across your floor!

Textiles in the News –

Feb 21, 2008 | 1 Comment



The above image by Jason Reed of Reuters showing President Bush meeting tribal leaders in Ghana on Wednesday is a perfect addition to my occasional look at “textiles in the news”. I pulled out Josh Gillow’s African Textiles book this evening to see what it is the man and woman closest to Bush are wearing. From this I can be fairly certain it’s an Ewe adanudo cloth. Both the Ewe and Ashanti peoples are located in Ghana and their textiles, the adanudo and kente respectively, are quite similar. Gillow describes the adanudo as having “weft float motifs” and the kente as a “strip woven” cloth. I found the image of an adanudo (below top) on the Hamill Gallery website.

Tribal & Textile Arts Show, Part III (of 3) –

Feb 20, 2008 | Leave a Comment


I’ve just returned from sunny Seattle to rainy San Francisco (fancy that!) and would like to dedicate one more post to the wares seen at the show here ten days ago. Above is one of the contemporary batiks sold through Indo Arts, Inc. here in the Bay Area. I’ve met the owner once before and he’s extremely personable. He used to have a storefront in San Francisco but is now exclusively north of the Golden Gate bridge. Regarding overall price range, he said I could get something starting at $40 — and could purchase a “really good piece” for $300 or so. (Is this where my anticipated tax refund is destined?) In addition, His website shows a sampling of the many finer, and considerably more expensive, antique batiks he carries. I have a lot more to learn about the craft but one thing I really like about the batiks I saw at his booth was purely tactile: the cotton is very flat – somewhat thin – but also very dense, not at all flimsy. I don’t think I’m imagining it when I remember them as a bit cool to the touch, similar to the feeling of chintz.

Tribal & Textile Arts Show, Part II –

Feb 14, 2008 | 2 Comments



Here’s more eye candy from galleries represented at last weekend’s show. I found this image of a 19th century “Shakrisabyz Embroidery” on the Mehmet Cetinkaya Gallery’s website. (Gallery is located in Istanbul.) Below top is a close-up of the textile — I especially like the golden yellow ground color and the flowering branches floating around the central medallion.

2/15 Update: I’m traveling out of town, and away from my computer, until Tuesday of next week — I look forward to adding some good new posts starting again on 2/19 or 2/20!  

Tribal & Textile Arts Show, Part I –

Feb 11, 2008 | Leave a Comment


San Francisco’s annual Tribal & Textile Arts Show was held this weekend. As in previous years it offered a visual feast of wildly different textiles (and other objects of all kinds). This evening I’ve been perusing the websites of the stalls represented and will be exploring them further in the next few days. For now, here’s one striking textile shown on Gail Martin Gallery’s website. It’s described as a “Section from a Ceremonial Dance Skirt” from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuba People, 20th century. It’s made of resist dyed raffia and is 22″ x 29″.

Galbraith & Paul –

Feb 7, 2008 | Leave a Comment


With its tangy spring colors and lyrical pattern Galbraith & Paul’s brand new “Birds” print on linen is definitely post-worthy! Plus it gives me an excuse to briefly highlight a company I’ve admired for a long time. Perhaps most importantly, G&P are producers of contemporary craft actually made in the USA (unlike so many fabric lines contracted out to anonymous mills overseas). And since every fabric is hand block printed, their fabrics actually look and feel handmade. So with G&P you’re buying beautiful designs and also buying into small-scale, eco-friendly American industry.

Victoria Hagan Home –

Feb 4, 2008 | Leave a Comment


Not much to say for this post — just a lovely new fabric from Victoria Hagan Home. The brown flower petals make it a bit “off” in an interesting way, taking the pattern from being pretty to pretty and interesting. It has a kind of Arts and Crafts feel to it too. I can imagine it in a craftsman bungalow, or in some happily worn down house filled with hand thrown pots.

Christopher Farr –

Feb 1, 2008 | Leave a Comment


I took a look at Christopher Farr’s most recent catalog this afternoon and was re-inspired by the range, and overall cool-ness, of this carpet company. I especially admire their commitment to represent – in carpet form – artists rooted in other mediums. It’s a tricky thing but I think they successfully elevate the world of contemporary carpets without (overly) commercializing artists who would otherwise be bound to one-of-a-kind works. The carpet above is a limited edition by the artist Gillian Ayres. At 8′ diameter it’s quite an alluring statement. (An interesting side note: they also have a Timorous Beasties carpet in the same “Thistle” design featured on my 1/15/08 post.)