art deco carpet
designed for d.i.m. (décoration intérieure moderne) Attributed to René Joubert
333 x 292 cm (10’11” x 9’7”)
|| warp faced plain weave in wool on wool warps
|| The quest for innovation that characterised the early years of the Art Deco period can be seen in much of the textile art of that era. D.I.M. was a leading Parisian interior design firm, owned by two of the most creative artistes-décorateurs of the time, René Joubert and Philippe Petit. Together they designed for the most prestigious interiors, where every object was custom made by them and by a host of designers in order to fit their specific requirements, ranging from figurative to abstract designs.
The progressive pattern of this Aubusson carpet departs completely from the traditional scheme. Here we see a 'sunburst' motif composed of four layers of helix-like devices arranged in such a way as to create a sixteen-pointed star. The background colour gradually changes from an aqua blue to a halo of white, while additional rays further emphasise the outward energy of the design.
|| S. Day, Art Deco and Modernist Carpets, London, 2002, pp. 54-55