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Carpets of the Art Deco Era

Susan Day


The first book to document thoroughly carpet design within the context of early 20th-century art


The art and design revolutions of the early 20th century created carpets of extraordinary vitality. First the flourishing Art Deco movement spread bold patterns across Europe and America, before giving way to sophisticated Modernist abstractions influenced by the Bauhaus, Cubism and collage. In just a few decades carpet design was transformed into a showcase of the avant-garde, as legendary artists and designers such as Picasso, Poiret, Gray, Delaunay, Matisse and Klee created dazzling works of art still collected and admired today.


'An impressive achievement. Carefully researched and scholarly, it is clearly structured and lucidly written, which makes for a highly enjoyable read'

'Generously sized and beautifully illustrated … here are Art Deco carpets at their most glorious'

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Edition Type: Compact edition

Size: 28.6 x 21.5 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 250

Publication date: 30 March 2015

ISBN: 9780500517956

Contents List

Introduction: From Art Nouveau to Art Deco • Art Deco: A Riot of Flowers & Colour: Carpets of the Coloristes (France); Towards an Industrial Aesthetic (Germany & Austria); A Boom in Carpet Weaving (Belgium and Holland); The Omega Workshops (Britain); A Diversity of Design Traditions (Scandinavia, Italy, Eastern Europe, Spain) • The Modernist Carpet: Art Meets Industry: L’Art Utile versus L’Art Decoratif (France); Crucible of Modernism (Germany, Austria, Switzerland); Abstract Interiors (Belgium & Holland); An Avant-Garde Revival (Britain); Swedish Modern (Scandinavia); A Style of Their Own (USA)

About the Author

Susan Day is a member of the academic committee of the International Conference on Oriental Carpets (ICOC) and the Centre International d’Etudes de Textiles Anciens (CIETA). She is a Contributing Editor of the magazine Hali, and works as a Consultant for the Musée des Tissus, Lyon, and Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

Yves Mikaeloff is a French artist and sculptor.

List of Contributors

Yves Mikaeloff

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