history of art deco rugs???

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i am involved in a reserch paper for a textiles class and was wondering if anyone had any good information about wool art deco rugs. Whether it be a book to lead me to, an article or website. Thanks

-- anne rajkovich (anne4prez@hotmail.com), September 13, 2002


There is, I think a recent book about the great designer Marion Dorn, who did a lot of fantastic art deco rugs / textiles but I cannot give a more precise reference for the title, or author of this book. A web search should turn up something. As she was Mrs E Mc Knight Kauffer, works about him , including the book by Mark Haworth Booth, usually have some references to her also, if you cannot turn up something more precise. You should also take a look at the English Heritage Eltham Palace website. There is a most wonderful huge round art deco rug there, recently recreated from the original design. I believe the new one was woven by Donegal Carpets.

Art Deco Interiors by P Bayer has several rugs illustrated, usually in room settings rather than on their own good luck with your project

-- Art Deco Ireland (dstc47@indigo.ie), September 17, 2002.

only a snippet from Groveart.com headings, Germany, SXI Textiles and France SV Interior decoration. : "alarmed by the impact of the work of Munich decorators .....another major exhibitition to be held in Paris ....eentually held in 1925 as the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, from which came the name Art Deco. AND Also in 1920s Bruno Paul ...designed Art Deco rugs with Ernest Boehm. They have geometric and floral patterns in muted shades, but with interesting juxtapositions of light and dark.

-- (thompsonturrell@btopenworld.com), November 03, 2002.

Have a look at www.cyberrug.com/artdeco.htm where you can read an original pamphlet produced by Walter Nichols, one of the most famous makers of Chinese Deco rugs. There are photos of the staff and looms. There is also an article by Elizabeth Bogen about Chinese Deco rugs. This is one of the few published articles on the subject. There is a bibliography of other published works at the end of the article. You will also find over 100 examples of Deco rugs photographed on the site. I would love to have any information that you turn up, and a copy of your paper. Allan Arthur

-- Allan Arthur (aarthur@cyberrug.com), March 08, 2003.

Iwill abut deco-carpet and rug information ,picture

-- asgar moradi (moradi52000@yahoo.com), June 01, 2003.

The book on Marion Dorn referred to above is possibly..." The Architect of Floors" by Christine Boydell. Publisher Mary Schoeser. The rug in Eltham Palace was indeed reproduced by Donegal Carpets. The original is at the Royal and Albert Museum.

-- Michael Mc Daid (donecar@indigo.ie), November 18, 2003.

Try the 2002 book "Art Deco and Modernist Carpets" by Susan Dey. There is also an excellent online article at : http://www.cyberrug.com/bogen-hali.htm ...We generally have a good selection of Art Deco period and Modernist rugs, tapestries and textiles for sale at www.decodame.com . Due to popular demand, we will be producing a line of our own Modernist area rugs, created with high quaility, New Zealand wool.

-- Lorial Francis (info@decodame.com), December 26, 2004.

There is a Marion Dorn rug in Coleton Fishacre in Devon in South England (kept by the National Trust). It was design and made in the early 30's.

In Sweden we have a woman, Ingegerd Torhamn, who made fantastic Art Deco rugs. One is in our National museum in Stockholm. I am sorry that I cannot help you with a book title.


-- Agneta Gefors (gefors@telia.com), January 07, 2005.

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