Browsing articles in "Historic 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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Interwoven Globe –

Sep 19, 2013 | Leave a Comment

textile exhibit, textile exhibition, interwoven globe, cross cultural textile

Based on this glowing review by The New York Times it sounds like The Metropolitan Museum’s new textile exhibition Interwoven Globe encapsulates everything I find most compelling about textiles as artistic transmitters of cultural, aesthetic, and social history. Now it’s just a matter being magically transported to Manhattan before January 5th…

Above: “A hanging depicting a conflict between colonialists and indigenous locals in southern India”.

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Alexander Girard –

Jul 31, 2013 | Leave a Comment

girard samples, girard fabric, girard textile, herman miller,

This original box of more than 500 Alexander Girard fabric samples can be yours — for $11,500.

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Treasured Weavings –

Nov 4, 2012 | Leave a Comment

ottoman textile, ottoman 16th century, silk fragment

As highlighted by The New York Times last week, Peter Pap is presenting an exhibition and sale called “Treasured Weavings: The Mae Festa Textile Collection” at the 1stDibs gallery in New York. Read the article here, and view the collection here. Pictured above is an Ottoman silk fragment from the 16th century (shown cropped).

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Latest & Greatest –

Jul 5, 2012 | Leave a Comment

vintage batik, indonesian textile, indonesian fabric

Several weeks ago I quietly debuted my new Dering Hall storefront; as of today I’m officially opening its (virtual) doors! The completing addition is the first batch in a collection of vintage Indo European batiks from the studio of IndoArts. These textiles are amazing works of both artistry and craftsmanship — and just like the other items represented, they combine color, texture and composition in captivating ways. So without further adieu, I’m happy to report that the Fibercopia storefront now includes products from:

Adam + Viktoria (represented by Lisa Fontanarosa)

Tony Kitz


Edit (represented by Studio Four NYC)


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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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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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Medicine Man –

Feb 9, 2012 | Leave a Comment

navajo blanket, native american blanket

The website for Mark Sublette’s Medicine Man Gallery offers an amazing visual overview of Native American textiles and provides a glimpse at the steep prices attached to this highly collectible market. Many of the graphically bold works, like the 19th century Navajo blanket (partially) pictured above, are ripe for contemporary inspiration and application.

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Fragment, Circa 1600 –

Nov 17, 2011 | Leave a Comment

17th century turkish textile fragment

An afternoon visit to The Metropolitan Museum’s recently reopened Islamic art galleries has left visions of beautiful textiles spinning inside my head. The textile fragment above (from Turkey, circa 1600-1625) is especially striking for its “modern” approach to pattern design, abstraction and scale — never mind that it’s 400 years old!

Abraham Ltd. –

Oct 23, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Abraham fabric


Though a bit further into the fashion world than I usually venture, I still am excited to be learning about Abraham fabrics for the first time. Last winter the company was celebrated in a comprehensive exhibition at the Swiss National Museum and in April a two-volume book on the company’s history and extensive archives was published. The site Little Augury is a great place to learn more.

A close-up of one of the company’s countless swatch books is pictured above, via Couleur Blind.