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Textile, Handwoven H971, ca. 1955

This is a Textile. It was produced by Knoll Textiles. It is dated ca. 1955 and we acquired it in 2011. Its medium is wool and its technique is basket weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

In 1951, Evelyn Hill was hired by Knoll to develop a new line of handwoven fabrics, the first of which was introduced with great fanfare at the American Institute of Interior Designers (AID) national conference in March 1952 in a clever display designed by Eszter Haraszty, director of Knoll Textiles, and Herbert Matter, Knoll’s primary graphic design consultant. Hill’s designs received full-page illustrated articles in Interiors and Handweaver & Craftsman. Haraszty also included them in her design for the Knoll Furniture and Textiles exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art in the fall of 1952. The Handwoven collection was also shown in the MoMA Good Design exhibition that same year and was included in Textilien aus U. S. A., a Smithsonian traveling exhibition that brought the latest American textile design to Europe.
The Handwoven collection epitomizes some of the strongest features of Knoll textiles: innovation in the use of synthetic fibers to create durable fabrics suitable for the contract market, and the creation of luxury hand-woven corporate interiors.

It is credited Gift of Richard and Trudy Schultz.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 15.2 x 122.6 cm (6 x 48 1/4 in.)

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Textile, Handwoven H971, ca. 1955; Produced by Knoll Textiles (United States); USA; wool; H x W: 15.2 x 122.6 cm (6 x 48 1/4 in.); Gift of Richard and Trudy Schultz; 2011-25-20

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