Mechtilde

Furnishing Fabric
1913 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This printed linen furnishing fabric was designed and sold by The Omega Workshops Ltd. Founded in 1913 by Roger Fry, Omega Workshops was a group of artists (including Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant) who designed furniture, pottery, carpets, textiles, stained glass and whole schemes of interior decoration. The Omega textile designs were ahead of their time and set a fashion for abstract and geometric patterns. This example 'Mechtilde', is likely to have been designed by the artist Frederick Etchells, a member of the group. This simple design was also used for a carpet woven by The Wilton Royal Carpet Factory, near Salisbury, in about 1915.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Printed linen
Brief Description
Furnishing fabric 'Mechtilde' of printed linen, possibly designed by Frederick Etchells or Roger Fry, made by Besselièvre, Maromme, retailed by Omega Workshops, 1913
Physical Description
Furnishing fabric of printed linen with a design of rows and squares linked by vertical lines. Colours are brown, blue, and with black outlines on a cream ground. On the back is written in ink 'Mechtilde 7 00561'.
Dimensions
  • Height: 195mm
  • Width: 412mm
Marks and Inscriptions
Mechtilde 7 / 00561 (In ink on the back)
Credit line
Given by Miss M. Hogarth
Summary
This printed linen furnishing fabric was designed and sold by The Omega Workshops Ltd. Founded in 1913 by Roger Fry, Omega Workshops was a group of artists (including Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant) who designed furniture, pottery, carpets, textiles, stained glass and whole schemes of interior decoration. The Omega textile designs were ahead of their time and set a fashion for abstract and geometric patterns. This example 'Mechtilde', is likely to have been designed by the artist Frederick Etchells, a member of the group. This simple design was also used for a carpet woven by The Wilton Royal Carpet Factory, near Salisbury, in about 1915.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic Reference
Beyond Bloomsbury. Designs of the Omega Workshops 1913-19, The Courtauld Gallery, London, 2009, p. 119, cat. 35C.
Collection
Accession Number
T.241-1931

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record createdFebruary 24, 2009
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