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The Tuareg of the Sahara

January 24, 2019

The Tuareg tribe of North Africa have long captured the imaginations of outsiders. These people of the Sahara, sometimes called the “blue people,” are instantly recognizable as the quintessential desert warriors. Among the members of the tribe, it is the men, not the women, who are veiled. They wear visually striking and elegant indigo head wrappings that protect against the harsh climate and stain their skin.  read more

Finnish Innovations: the Textile Works of Greta Skogster-Lehtinen

December 10, 2018

Greta Skogster-Lehtinen was ahead of her time both as a pioneer of Finnish textile art and as an entrepreneur. Her textile designs are full of warmth and strength; earthy and crafted of vernacular materials, they evoke the natural world of the ancient Finnish landscape in a dynamic and modern visual language. read more

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

The Ziegler Carpet: When East Meets West

August 01, 2018

For more than a century the name Ziegler has been a label of quality, synonymous with a highly decorative yet subtle Persian carpet.  The types of harmonious, fluid patterns of scrolling vines and bold floral and plant forms associated with Zieglers exemplify the successful melding of Eastern designs and Western aesthetics.  They have a timeless appeal that makes the Ziegler carpet extraordinarily adaptable to a wide variety of interiors, whether traditional or modern, simple or grand. read more

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