NYC’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum is unveiling a new exhibition next week titled “Fashioning Felt” (March 6th – September 7th, 2009). Here’s the lead paragraph of their press release:

“This exhibition will explore the varied new uses of felt—an ancient material, believed to be one of the earliest techniques for making textiles. Made by matting together wool fibers with humidity and friction, felting requires little technological expertise and is an extremely versatile material. The exhibition will begin with historic examples of felts, showcase innovations in handmade felts, and feature contemporary uses of industrial felt in a range of fields, including product design, fashion, architecture, and home furnishings.”

The image above is a detail of a late 19th century felt carpet from Mongolia, one of the objects that will be on display.

For additional felt finds (and commerce) check out Charlotte Lancelot and www.feltrugs.co.uk