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Art Deco And Modernist Carpets

The design revolutions of the early 20th century were woven into the very fabric of the carpets and rugs of that era. Art Deco and Modernist Carpets, the first in-depth history, charts the evolution of carpet design out of the floral effusions of the Victorian salons and into the angular elegance of Art Deco and bold abstraction of Modernism popularized by the machine age. Such artists and designers as Picasso, Poiret, Gray, Delaunay, Matisse, Klee, and many more advanced the designs going on underfoot, making these rugs extremely collectible artworks in their own right. Generously sized and beautifully illustrated with over 250 full-color photographs, here are Art Deco and Modernist carpets at their most glorious.

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1st edition (October 1, 2002)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0811836134

ISBN-13: 978-0811836135

Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1.2 x 13.8 inches

Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Best Sellers Rank: #2,374,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #91 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Houseware & Dining > Rugs #2248 in Books > Arts & Photography > Decorative Arts & Design > Textile & Costume #23539 in Books > Arts & Photography > History & Criticism > History

I am biased, Moholy Nagy, Joseph Albers and Johannes Itten and their cohorts at the Bauhaus left an indelible mark on my artist's soul. When I saw this book I actually two-steppped a little jig for joy. The application of modernist patterns to this fiberous, color-satuating medium is in many ways a perfect example of the Weimar/Dessau ethos: " form will always follow function", is still a very pertinant, clear, and vibrant idelogy. The beautifully printed photos of the carpets are worth the price of the book, as they serve as excellent sources of inspiration and study. The book's design is well-thought out and allows the fabrics and weavings to come alive on the pages. It is a fortunate thing that younger talented, art historians like Ms. Day are allowing themselves and their readers the pleasure of rediscovering the wealth and elegance of Modernist ideas as a healing antiodote to our current age of mass art confusion.

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