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  • Date:

    1930s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jourdain, Francis (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-knotted woollen pile on woollen warp and jute or hemp weft

  • Credit Line:

    Given by The Savoy Group

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The flattened modernist spiral design may have been inspired by rugs and carpets made by Ivan da Silva Bruhns, the best-known Parisian Art Deco carpet designer. He based his earliest compositions on South American ethnic styles.

Physical description

A hand-knotted rug with a cream ground. There is a small rectangular pattern in black and red in the lower left and upper right hand corners and a larger double rectangle in the centre. This is connected by a black line to a horizontal red line in the other two corners.
Warp: white wool; 2S(Z5S); 13 threads per inch (50 per dm)
Weft: undyed jute or hemp; Z-spun, unplied, 2 parallel threads per shoot; 1 shoot after each row of knots; 7 knots per inch (28 per dm)
Pile: wool; 3 colours: red, black, cream; symmetrical knot tied around two threads; 45 knots per sq. inch (700 per sq.dm)
Side and End Finish: cannot check - tape has been sewn along all four sides, turned under and secured in place.


1930s (made)


Jourdain, Francis (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-knotted woollen pile on woollen warp and jute or hemp weft


Width: 1435 mm Top edge, Width: 1465 mm Bottom edge, Length: 1555 mm Proper right, Length: 1440 mm Proper left, Weight: 15 kg Weight of object on roller

Descriptive line

hand-knotted, 1930s,

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Samuels, Charlotte. Art Deco Textiles. London : V&A Publications, 2003. Plate 116.


Wool; Jute; Hemp




Household objects; Floor coverings

Production Type

Limited edition


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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