art deco carpet
attributed to eric bagge
275 x 247 cm (9’ x 8’1”)
|| symmetrically knotted wool pile on a cotton foundation
|| One of the leading French architects and decorators of Art Deco period, Eric Bagge (1890-1978) presented his stylish interiors in many of the most prestigious Parisian exhibitions, including the Salon d'Automne and the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. He collaborated on a number of projects together with other architects and interior decorator studios, and designed entire textile collections for many French manufacturers. One of the first carpets commissioned to him was in 1927, destined for the state room of the ocean liner Ile-de-France.
The carpet illustrated here is characteristic of his style, with a Cubist-like pattern based on two dark brown geometric corner motifs. These corner elements are placed on diametrically opposite sides such as to create an ivory diagonal substrate motif. The subtle colouration of ivory, hazel and chocolate brown is characteristic of the period and was most likely inspired by the textile art of Africa.
|| S. Day, Art Deco and Modernist Carpets, London, 2002, pp. 125-127.