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Carpet

Carpet

  • Place of origin:

    Turkey (made)

  • Date:

    1994 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lijn, Liliane, born 22 (designer)
    Farr, Christopher (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Handknotted wool

  • Museum number:

    T.581-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Handknotted wool rug, cream ground with deliberate abash, grey lettering spelling 'She Like Love Flow'. White wool warp (16 threads per inch, 64 per dm), red wool weft; Z2S, 2 shoots after each row of knots; 5 knots per inch (20 per dm). Sides: one cord overcast with red wool. Ends: 2" (5cm) of pattern weaving with red wool. Loose warp fringe 2" (5cm) long.

Place of Origin

Turkey (made)

Date

1994 (made)

Artist/maker

Lijn, Liliane, born 22 (designer)
Farr, Christopher (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

Handknotted wool

Marks and inscriptions

'She Like Love Flow'

Dimensions

Width: 1940 mm top edge, Width: 1960 mm bottom edge, Length: 2290 mm proper right, Length: 2290 mm proper left, :

Object history note

This rug is one of the most successful results of an enterprising project to combine the work of contemporary western designers with the skills of traditional Turkish carpet knotting.

Purchased. Registered File number 1994/1226.

object photographed and measured as part of Advanced Works project, 02/03/17

Historical significance: This carpet was purchased as part of a commission to refurbish the public and staff areas of the RCA Centre for Research and Conservation at the V&A, with work by contemporary artists. The project was initiated by Elizabeth Esteve Coll.

Historical context note

Christopher Farr has commissioned designs from fine artists, from textile designers more used to working with print media, from Royal College of Art students and from the couturier Romeo Gigli. Farr has then had the designs handknotted in Konya, Central Turkey, from hand-spun and dyed wool. Traditional dyeing techniques bring an extra intensity to the depth of the colours and the subtle variations in shade and tone introduced by handweaving enliven the designs in a way not achieved by the tufting gun technique used for the majority of modern rugs.

Descriptive line

Carpet, handknotted wool, designed by Liliane Lijn for Christopher Farr, Turkey, 1994.

Labels and date

Christopher Farr has commissioned designs from fine artists, from textile designers more used to working with print media, from Royal College of Art students and from the couturier Romeo Gigli. Lilian Lijn is primarily a successful sculptor and book artist and elements from these disciplines are clearly apparent in her designs for Farr, in particular the intriguing and challenging use of the words on the carpet 'She Like Love Flow'. This carpet is one of the most successful results of an enterprising project to combine the work of contemporary western designers with the skills of traditional Turkish carpet knotting. [01/01/2003]

Production Note

Liliane Lijn is primarily a successful sculptor and book artist and elements from these disciplines are clearly apparent in her designs for Christopher Farr, in particular the intriguing and challenging use of words on the carpet.

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Wool (textile)

Techniques

Handknotting

Categories

Textiles; Floor coverings

Production Type

Design

Collection

Middle East Section

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