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Furnishing fabric
  • Furnishing fabric
    Mahler, Marian, born 1911 - died 1983
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Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Lancashire (made)

  • Date:

    1952 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mahler, Marian, born 1911 - died 1983 (designer)
    David Whitehead & Sons Ltd. (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    screen-printed cotton crêpe

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of David Whitehead & Sons Ltd.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This particular print typifies Marian Mahler's style during the mid 1950s where abstract symbols such as boomerangs, arches, and crescents are interspersed with rhythmic lineal details predominately executed in bold colour palettes.

Mahler, an Austrian émigré, was already a prolific print designer when she arrived in Britain in 1937, having sold designs in France, Germany and the USA. She produced designs for several progressive British textile manufacturers, including Walton Textiles, Donald Brothers, Helios, and Edinburgh Weavers, as well as David Whitehead Ltd. Renowned for producing vibrant contemporary textile prints for the mass-market, David Whitehead Ltd became synonymous with the maxim 'cheap need not be cheap and nasty'.

Physical description

Screen-printed cotton crêpe, blue ground with red, white and olive green abstract design

Place of Origin

Lancashire (made)


1952 (designed)


Mahler, Marian, born 1911 - died 1983 (designer)
David Whitehead & Sons Ltd. (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

screen-printed cotton crêpe

Descriptive line

printed, 1952, British; Mahler, Marion for David Whitehead Ltd.


Cotton crêpe


Screen printing


Textiles; Interiors


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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