art deco carpet
monogrammed j.h. derche
293 x 230 cm (9’7” x 7’7”)
|| symmetrically knotted wool pile on a cotton foundation
|| This is a rare carpet by J.H. Derche, who was a leading Parisian interior decorator of the Art Deco period. The carpet is skilfully decorated with a geometric design of abstract forms in black on a coral rose background. Patterns such as this one were derived from the Berber carpets of Morocco, which at the time represented a true revelation for many avant-garde designers such as Ivan Da Silva Bruhns. The exotic primitivism of the forms seen on these tribal rugs were a perfect source of creativity for Art Deco artists, who aimed at breaking away from the classical floral tradition through a new language of ornament that would embody the modern character of the time.
|| S. Day, Art Deco and Modernist Carpets, London, 2002