Browsing articles from "April, 2008"

Luke Irwin –

Apr 24, 2008 | Leave a Comment

The May issue of Vanity Fair arrived in today’s mail and with it a brief introduction to Luke Irwin’s carpets (page 110). A wide range of designs are displayed on his website and custom commissions are welcome. I particularly like the carpet above, called Stonehenge.

Rugrabbit –

Apr 19, 2008 | 1 Comment

Here’s quite a find: The site is a clearinghouse for individual carpet and textile dealers and enthusiasts to post items available for sale. The textile above is described as, “silk-velvet Ikat, Bukhara c1870 mounted. 81x33cm”. The seller is Tina Tabone,

Rubelli’s Rothko

Apr 15, 2008 | Leave a Comment

On the subject of famous artists designing (or in this case being the inspiration behind) fabulous textiles, here’s a new pattern from Rubelli’s 2008 collection called Rothko. (First, a a shot of it upholstered on a chair from Rubelli’s website, then a larger view of the pattern itself and finally, a close-up.) For reasons I can’t quite articulate the pattern seems very Japanese to me — perhaps it’s the simplicity of the pattern combined with the organic contours of the multiple colors swatches (the overall repeat is over 15″). The depth and thickness of the patches makes the fabric especially appealing. As I’ve tried to show in the close-up image each color is built by a mass of overlapping threads, many going in opposite directions. The effect really is of pigments dabbed onto a painter’s pallette.

Henry Moore’s Textiles –

Apr 13, 2008 | Leave a Comment

The April issue of The World Of Interiors includes a short article about the textile designs of sculptor Henry Moore, an article that coincides with a new temporary exhibition at the Henry Moore Foundation: “Henry Moore: Textiles”, on display from 4/1/08 to 10/19/08. Apart from the particular case of Moore, the article touches on other fine artists who forged relationships with textile manufacturers in the early 20th century — a topic I’d definitely like to explore further in future posts.

Veedon Fleece –

Apr 10, 2008 | 1 Comment

Two (of four) beetle carpet offerings from Veedon Fleece. Visit the “about us” portion of their website for an interesting history of the company — and for a tie-in to Tibet, a country looming large as the Olympic torch passes through San Francisco.

Peter Hall & Heal’s Department Store –

Apr 5, 2008 | 1 Comment

The Victoria & Albert Museum’s website is a great place to explore for textile-related inspiration and history (despite being a bit difficult to navigate). I found this design by Peter Hall in their section on 1960’s textiles. Their entry for the cloth reads as follows:

“The stylised vegetation in this screen printed cotton fabric is inspired by the swirling patterns of Art Nouveau. Yet the shapes have been simplified and the colour scheme draws on the sunny hues of the late 1960s.”

The fabric was distributed by Heal’s department store in Britain — a company that played a prominent role in the British design industry beginning in the early 20th century. Read more at and visit the company’s website here.

Fairchild’s Dictionary of Textiles –

Apr 2, 2008 | 2 Comments


I received my copy of Fairchild’s Dictionary of Textiles in the mail yesterday and am loving having a 600+ page book full of textile-exclusive terms! The book was recommend by a friend of my mom’s and now I can really see why — it’s a great resource for both basic and obscure vocabulary. There are, for instance, over twenty five entries for different types of moire, from moire antique to moire taffeta. And then there are oddball entries like “castle” (a word that apparently also means “a raw, white Chinese silk”) and “puke” (“a fine-quality woolen fabric made in a characteristic dark purple. Used in the 15th and 16th centuries for gowns, jerkins, hose”).

This entry is the first I’ve done on a textile book and opens up a new category for future posts. My tentative plan from here on out is to do a book-related entry at the first of each month. So if anyone has a textile book they’re particularly enthusiastic about please post a comment!