A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles

art deco carpet
northern china
18th century
452 x 278 cm (1410 x 91)

Notes: asymmetrically knotted wool pile on a cotton foundation
From the large output of Chinese carpets from Tianjin during the 1930's, only a very few are decorated by geometric patterns typical of the Art Deco period. Some of these extremely rare pieces are known to have been designed by artists such as Betty Joel, who would then commission the weaving to American companies with headquarters in China such as Nichols or Fette. The carpet illustrated here has a pattern of rectangular forms overlapping on various planes. The resulting Cubist-like design is reminiscent of the Art Deco carpets of Ivan Da Silva Bruhns. The subtle palette of violet, beige, grey-taupe and ivory is far removed from the traditional Chinese use of colour, conveying a profoundly European sensibility. This would indicate that it was specially commissioned to an unknown designer for an Art Deco interior.
Bibliography: E. Bogen, 'What the Wool Trade Wrought - Rug-making in Early 20th Century Tianjin', Hali, Issue 118, London, September-October 2001, pp. 102-105



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