Browsing articles from "November, 2009"

Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection –

Nov 30, 2009 | Leave a Comment

The blog Each Little World pointed me to a great resource this weekend: the University of Wisconsin’s online database of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. It’s an amazing source of textile images and information, named in honor of Allen (1927-1968) who was both the genesis of the physical collection and a former professor at the University. One outcome of my own database exploration: the work of textile designer Jacqueline Groag. An example of her work is pictured above (via Birds of Ohio).

Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann –

Nov 25, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Several works by the Art Deco artist and designer Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann are being auctioned at Christie’s this Thursday (11/26) in Paris. Among the pieces is this 98″ round Ruhlmann carpet (circa 1930), with a bidding estimate of 60k – 90k.

Weil & Durrs –

Nov 23, 2009 | Leave a Comment

As earlier posts (here and here), can prove, I’m occasionally ensnared by the lure of vintage table linens — losing hours to various keyword searches on the topic, scrolling through websites, etc. Today it was thoughts of the perfect holiday tablecloth that did me in. Thankfully, my time consuming linen lust has lead me to this book — and with it the chance to actually learn something about a topic that’s fuzzy in my head. Here’s the publisher’s write-up:

This beautiful book is the first to exclusively present what many agree are the very best of vintage household linens, the products of the Weil & Durrs Company of New York City, from the 1920s to 1984. Their Wilendur and other brands reign above others in the collecting world for good reason. The bold and beautifully executed patterns stand out as art of the highest quality. Their inks and dyes, as well as their base fabrics, were exceptional. This book provides a brief history of the Weil and Durrs Company and descriptive text for over 250 different tablecloths in 120 printed designs…

Liz Alpert Fay –

Nov 21, 2009 | 1 Comment

Liz Alpert Fay is another artist creating colorful hand-hooked pieces for the wall.

Altoon Sultan –

Nov 20, 2009 | Leave a Comment

I’ve just been introduced to Altoon Sultan’s wonderful hooked “ruglets”. Created as art for the wall, they’re an extension of her work as a painter and contribute to her ongoing study of nature and landscape, abstraction, and the work of artists that inspire her. Click here for her paintings and here for her ruglets.

Macan Tidur Textiles –

Nov 18, 2009 | 1 Comment

Visit the website of Macan Tidur Textiles for a glossy, well-curated “look book” of textiles from Sumatra, Java, Bali and beyond. Above, a sarong from South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Via Susi Johnston.

Textiles In The News –

Nov 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

Here’s a pretty eye-opening story about the economic realities of traditional carpet weaving in Morocco.

— It seems like there must be some importer out there who would be interested in working in a beneficial way with the collective of female weavers featured in the article…

Bombay Bliss by Seema Krish –

Nov 12, 2009 | 1 Comment


Seema Krish’s debut collection is called Bombay Bliss and includes six patterns made in a range of fibers and techniques. There are pillows and throws — and fabric by the yard is coming next.

Via Interior Desisgn magazine’s “Market Tabloid” issue, 10/31/09.

Barber & Osgerby –

Nov 11, 2009 | Leave a Comment

The New York Times blog “The Moment” has a post on new carpets by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for The Rug Company. Fun and happy, but sophisticated too.

John Lewis –

Nov 9, 2009 | Leave a Comment

A “William Morris-inspired” wool / viscose carpet by Sanderson, sold through the British company John Lewis.

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