Wilton Royal Carpet Factory, Salisbury
197 x 138 cm (6’6” x 4’6”)
|| Symmetrically knotted wool pile on a hemp foundation
|| Marion V. Dorn (1899-1964) was originally trained as a painter and this led her to develop her skills as a textile designer. During her formative years she worked in Paris and New York, and it was at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris that she first encountered the modernist rug designs of Ivan Da Silva Bruhns and Maurice Dufrene. By 1930 she began her association with the Wilton Royal Carpet Factory. Throughout the following decade her work was exhibited in many of the most important decorative art exhibitions.
The rug shown here is a prime example of her quintessential modernist style. The design is composed of three superimposed layers, where the light fawn background is ornated by an ivory abstract geometric form onto which a curvilinear, almost calligraphic design of five brown lines is overlaid. The delicate palette contrasts with the vigorous juxtaposition of curvilinear and rectilinear elements, showing once more the many affinities between progressive rug design and the visual arts in Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century.