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A Certain Blue Enters Your Soul

November 28, 2018

Henri Matisse, whose quote above captures the magic and mystery of blue, speaks for all who adore this color. But although blue seems intrinsic to art and design, you may be surprised to know that for millennia this color didn’t, in a sense, exist. Although two of Earth’s most prominent features—the oceans and the sky—are blue, the world’s earliest texts, from any culture, make no reference to the color. read more

Oushak Carpets

November 14, 2018

As early as the beginning of the sixteenth century the western Anatolian town of Ushak was producing fine carpets and textiles for the imperial Ottoman court. These early carpets fused traditional Persian design elements from the neighboring Safavid empire with a new Ottoman Turkish sensibility that stressed geometry and abstract floral ornament over pictorial and figural representations. read more

Why Gray Matters

October 31, 2018

“The single most important lesson of architectural color is that every color only appears to be what it is relative to its surroundings,” explains Donald Kaufman, the famed color consultant. This is a lesson long known to artists who value gray for its supporting role—in the Renaissance gray was the preferred portrait background to emphasize the richness of the sitters’ costumes, while the Impressionists and Fauvists, for all their love of color, often used gray to make their other colors spark with life. read more

DIM - Décoration Intérieure Moderne

October 17, 2018

“Décoration Intérieure Moderne” was founded just after World War I by Joubert and Mouveau with the objective of designing and manufacturing furniture and decorations.  Individually or together, René Joubert, both an architect and a cabinetmaker, Georges Mouveau, a stage designer, and, starting in 1924, Philippe Petit produced standard “DIM” furniture. read more

Garden Carpets

October 03, 2018

One of the greatest Persian carpets, Wagner Garden Carpet is currently highlighted at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This carpet is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for the first time and is the third-oldest-known Persian garden carpet, dating from the seventeenth century. read more

Tabriz Carpets-Northwest Persia

August 06, 2018

The fame of the finely-crafted decorative rugs from the city of Tabriz can be traced back to at least the 16th century when the Safavid court commissioned these extraordinary carpets for use in palaces, holy sites, and tombs.  The famed Ardebil Carpet, long housed in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, is considered the finest extant example of 16th-century Tabriz carpet weaving. read more

Marion Dorn

August 01, 2018

Marion Dorn is an iconic textile designer who was born in California on December 25, 1896. In 1916, she graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphics. First, Marion tried her luck in San Francisco, later in New York, where she gained recognition as a designer of batiks. Her career really started to take off during the 1920s when she discovered her passion in textile design. read more

Vibeke Klint

August 01, 2018

Vibeke Klint is Danish textile artist born on December 13, 1927. She is famously known for her wide variety of tapestries, carpets, silks and home textiles. Her designs were all initially inspired by functionalism, and often featured geometric motifs. read more

Maison Jansen-The Decorator's Decorator

July 31, 2018

At the culmination of Belle Epoque splendour, the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle was a fabulous showcase for dazzling creations, many of them designed by immigrants. One of them was Dutchman Jean-Henri Jansen, whose furniture store with its famously lavish window displays had opened on the Rue Royale in 1880, offering antiques and furniture of his own production. The spectacular Art Nouveau writing desk the firm presented at the exhibition is considered one of the supreme examples of the period. read more

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