Browsing articles in "Historic Textiles"

Gunta Stolzl –

May 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Bauhaus student Gunta Stolzl was a weaver and textile designer whose productive artistic career spanned more than five decades. Her work and life are summarized nicely here.

Via Not Keren.

A Length of Sarasa –

Mar 18, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Events in Japan weigh heavily, not only for the well-being of all those directly involved in the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, but for what these events say about our collective human plight. The textile above isn’t Japanese, but was made in India in the late 17th / early 18th century for the Japanese market. It’s a small reminder of the long history of our global interconnectedness. Here’s a link to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s database entry on the piece.  (It’s referred to as a “length of Sarasa”, a term I’m not familiar with.)

Rahmanan Deco –

Feb 18, 2011 | Leave a Comment

This carpet (shown in cropped form above) could easily pass as the creation of some hip new carpet company;  in truth it’s performed the amazing trick of being over 80 years old.

For sale at Rahmanan Antique & Decorative Rugs. Read more about its Chinese Art Deco history here.

Carl Otto Czeschka –

Nov 8, 2010 | Leave a Comment

The website Yves Macaux is the internet equivalent of an unmarked side street door leading to a very exclusive shop. In this instance the shop sells 19th-20th century wares from the Arts & Crafts movement, the Vienna Secessionists, and Wiener Werkstatte. Above, a textile fragment by Carol Otto Czeschka.

The Miraculous Draught of Fishes –

Sep 6, 2010 | Leave a Comment

For the first time ever, The Victoria & Albert Museum is joining together four of Raphael’s tapestries for the Sistine Chapel with their preparatory cartoons. Woven in Brussels, the tapestries were completed in 1519, just months before the artist’s death. Read more here about the incredible ingenuity that went into their construction.

On display from September 8th – October 17th, 2010. Above, a detail from “The Miraculous Draught of Fishes”

Via Interesting Antique Textiles.

Textiles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art –

Jan 22, 2010 | Leave a Comment

There are currently two tantalizing textile exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art:

Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz and the Stella Kramrisch Collections, through July 25th 2010.

and –

An Enduring Motif: The Pomegranate in Textiles, through February 21st 2010.

Above, a detail from the former.

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).

Ninxia Rug at Sandra Whitman –

Oct 29, 2009 | Leave a Comment

I find decorative arts of all kinds can have amazing power to re-shape, dislodge, and entirely shock my sense of time as an historical progression of the “old” leading to the “new”. The carpet above (shown in close-up) is a case in point. According to dealer Sandra Whitman it was made in China between 1723 and 1735. That means this very “new” looking carpet (replete with a simplified color palette, abstracted open field and streamlined border) was sitting in China decades before the U.S. Declaration of Independence or the French Revolution. That unwires my brain a bit.

Italian Textiles in Czarist Russia –

Oct 14, 2009 | Leave a Comment

For more textile-related goodies from The New York Times check out this recent article on a current show at the Textile Museum in Prato Italy. The show is entitled “The Style of the Czar: Art and Fashion between Italy and Russia from the 14th to the 18th Century” .

Above, an Italian silk tapestry from the 16th century. I love the combination of the yellow green and the dark jade.

French Velvet at The Lotus Collection –

Sep 23, 2009 | Leave a Comment

The website of Kathleen Taylor’s textile company The Lotus Collection has been re-organized since I last visited several months ago and it’s definitely worth looking at anew. Above, a French voided velvet (circa 1890).