Browsing articles in "European Textiles"

Jean Lurcat –

Aug 18, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Jean Lurcat, European tapestry, modern tapestry, French tapestry

Every once in a while I discover a major hole in my collection of textile-related names on this site. Jean Lurcat (1892-1966) is one of them! Above, a detail from a Lurcat tapestry sold by Nazmiyal Collection.

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Antique Textiles Galleries –

Jun 28, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Antique Textiles Galleries is another spot to find a global array of textiles. The pattern snippet above is from a pair of pillows made from a 1940’s French textile — and it has me thinking about why it’s recognizably French, and recognizably 40’s-era…

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By Molle –

Aug 5, 2013 | Leave a Comment

dutch textile, recycled blanket, contemporary table linens, linen table cloth

Clean, simple, classic goodness — By Molle.

Via Dwell.

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Stig Lindberg –

Aug 28, 2012 | Leave a Comment

swedish textiles, vintage swedish fabric, mid century fabric

This dreamlike print is one of many magical designs by Swedish mid-century designer Stig Lindberg. There’s already lots of interesting information for him on line so I’ll simply link to a few here, including a write-up on his bio, Lindberg textiles for sale at Meggy Magpie Fabrics, and a look at his other mediums of choice.

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Sven Markelius –

Jun 19, 2012 | Leave a Comment

sven markelius textile, swedish textile, midcentury modern textile

Just when I think all the huge talents of Swedish mid century textile design have been fully accounted for another name pops to the surface. Today it’s Sven Markelius, “one the most important modernist Swedish architects.” As a google image search quickly proves, he also designed textiles. The framed Markelius pattern pictured above was sold by Modern 50 and is highlighted here by Mid-Centuria as a “mathematic inspired” print of the 1950’s.

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Mae Engelgeer –

Jun 10, 2012 | Leave a Comment

amsterdam textile, amsterdam blanket

The Amsterdam studio of Mae Engelgeer is now offering the Woww Collection, a grouping of soft furnishings and accessories punctuated by strong color and bold graphic punch.

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James Leman –

Jun 3, 2012 | Leave a Comment

historic british textile designs

Here’s a truly inspiring artifact of textile design history: an album by Englishman James Leman (1688-1745) containing “97 designs for fine silk cloth”. The Victoria & Albert Museum (who now owns the portfolio) has provided tantalizing highlights from select pages on their website, here. Looking at the pages gives fresh new color (literally) to my concept of the 18th century.


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Soleil Blue –

May 31, 2012 | Leave a Comment

portrait fabric, medallion fabric

Here’s a rather mesmerizing print from Soleil Blue’s Chateau fabric collection. The pattern is called “Mademoiselle” and it includes repeating large-scale female portraits set in circular medallions.  If ever a fabric was watching you, this is it.

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Sarah Campbell –

May 8, 2012 | Leave a Comment

sarah campbell, british vintage textile, british textile designer

“Spotted Creatures” (pictured above) offers a snapshot of textile designer and artist Sarah Campbell’s painterly whimsy. With a portfolio that includes contributions to Liberty of London Prints, Habitat, and Cacharel among others, Campbell’s work was formally celebrated last year in an exhibition at the Royal National Theater. To read more of her biography, click here.

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Atelier Martine –

May 3, 2012 | Leave a Comment

atelier martine

It’s always exciting to stumble upon new pockets of textile design history; today it’s Atelier Martine. Here’s a synopsis of the studio as written by FIDM:

…Paul Poiret also established the Atelier Martine in 1911. Comprised of young girls without formal artistic training, the Atelier Martine functioned both as a design laboratory and workshop. Students were sent out into the world to find inspiration for textile designs, which were critiqued by both Poiret himself and visiting artists. The hope was that these untrained students would create unique designs, unfettered by ideas about design and artistic traditions. Some of the resulting designs were turned into yardage, which was then used in Poiret-designed garments or for home decoration.

Click here for an earlier post (and more information) on Poiret.

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