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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?

Although he was perhaps better known as an architect and furniture designer, Josef Frank also designed more than 200 textiles between 1909 and 1950. He was familiar with the business from an early age: his father, Ignaz Frank, was a partner in a large textile production firm and his mother was a highly skilled embroiderer whose work was shown at the 1925 Exposition des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris. Frank produced his first textile design while still studying architecture at the Technische Hochschule in Vienna. Frank’s interest in pattern design was not unique among Viennese architects; like Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser, Otto Czeschka, and Dagobert Peche, he produced several early... 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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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18790067/ |title=Textile, "Bows", ca. 1960 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=30 October 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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