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The design revolutions of the early 20th century created carpets of extraordinary vitality, and this pioneering work of scholarship places these ...Show synopsisThe design revolutions of the early 20th century created carpets of extraordinary vitality, and this pioneering work of scholarship places these dazzling examples of textile art at centre state during an exciting period in the history of decorative arts. The fruits of the flourishing Art Deco movement, not just in France but throughout Europe and the USA, form the first part of the book, while in the second, the focus turns to the reaction against the artistes-decorateurs by the champions of Modernism, and such influences as the Bauhaus, Cubism and collage. In 1927, the critic Rene Chavance identified carpet production as the most successful of the decorative arts in achieving 'the more visionary aims of the times'. Susan Day's exceptional book proves that these wonderful designer carpets still strike us today with their decorative power.Hide synopsis
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Description:Very Good in Very Good dustjacket; 9.5 x 12.5 Hardback in...Very Good in Very Good dustjacket; 9.5 x 12.5 Hardback in dustjacket in Very Good condition. Illustrated by 149 color plates 101 black and white; "Art Deco and Modernist Carpets ranges through the supremely imaginative achievements of Paul Poiret's unique weaving studio, the Ecole Martine, the designs of Sonia Delaunay, Eileen Gray and Jean Lurçat, the Scandinavian folk traditions of Märta Måås-Fjetterström, limited editions of rugs woven from works by such artists as Picasso, Klee and Miró, the innovations of Frank Lloyd Wright and Donald Deskey in the USA and Gunta Stölzl's handwoven carpets in Germany. Susan Day's exceptional book, a work of original scholarship accompanied throughout by spectacular illustrations both of the carpets themselves and of contemporary interiors, demonstrates that these Art Deco carpets have lost none of their decorative power. A significant number of the carpets are shown precisely as they were meant to be seen, within the rooms for which they were made. The book's invaluable reference section includes detailed information on artists, manufacturers and retailers, their signatures and monograms, and a glossary and bibliography."-Publisher; 4; 224 pp.
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