ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART II
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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33. 
art déco carpet
france
signed da silva bruhns
monogrammed manufacture de savigny
circa 1925
198 x 185 cm (6'6" x 6'1")


Notes: symmetrically knotted wool pile on a cotton foundation
The few examples attributed to Ivan Da Silva Bruhns (1881-1980) are among the most sought after French Art Déco carpets. Characterised by abstract geometric forms influenced by the stylistic trends of the artistic avant-garde such as Cubism, Da Silva Bruhns carpets were often commissioned by the artistes-décorateurs of the period for the luxurious interiors of the Parisian upper class. From 1925 his pieces were woven almost exclusively at his workshop in Savigny-sur-Orge. Among the most important carpets of Da Silva Bruhns are a series made for the stately palace of the Maharaja of Indore. Distinguished by rectangular forms overlapping on various planes, the designs seen in this group reflect the aesthetic ideals of Synthetic Cubism, skillfully represented in the present example.
Bibliography: J. Sirat, F. Siriex, Tapis Francais du XXe Siècle (Paris, 1993): 51.

 



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