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What is this?

Large-scale geometric pattern with imbricated semi-circles, circles with wedges, diamonds, rectangles and squares, in navy and pale blue, green, yellow, burnt orange, lilac, and tan on a white ground.

Why is this in our collection?

Bows by Josef Frank was produced in 1960 after an early design for a carpet for Haus & Garten from 1929. Unlike his designs for printed fabrics, which were entirely inspired by nature, Frank’s carpet designs were based on paving patterns and other abstract geometrics. The design itself is in the Backhausen archives in Vienna, and the carpet, produced by Almedahl’s, was featured in an interior in Innen-Dekoration in 1933. Thirty years after the original design, this fabric still feels fresh and modern, with its field of large, activated geometric pattern of imbricated semi-circles, circles, wedges, diamonds, rectangles and squares, printed in brilliant navy and pale blue, green, yellow, burnt orange,... more

This is a textile from Sweden. It is dated ca. 1960 and we acquired it in 2011. Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

medium: linen, cotton technique: printed on plain weave label: printed linen and cotton

Its dimensions are

H x W: 294.6 x 130.2 cm (116 in. x 51 1/4 in.)

It is inscribed

Label: Almedahls

This object was designed by Josef Frank

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