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Design for a carpet

Carpet Design
ca. 1914 (made)
Place of origin

An abstract design made with coloured inks and gouache on graph paper. The paper is an uneven size with a jagged bottom edge.

Object details

Object type
TitleDesign for a carpet (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Coloured inks and gouache on graph paper
Brief description
Design for a carpet, by Vanessa Bell for Omega Workshops, ca. 1914
Physical description
An abstract design made with coloured inks and gouache on graph paper. The paper is an uneven size with a jagged bottom edge.
  • At widest point height: 24.5cm
  • At widest point width: 44.8cm
Measured by Juliet Ceresole in July 2008
Production typeUnique
Marks and inscriptions
  • Numbered in pencil with key to the colours used and squares numbered (In pencil, outside the border)
  • The device of the Omega Workshops (Inscribed within the design)
    Omega symbol
Credit line
Given by Miss. Margery Fry, J.P.
Object history
Rugs made from this design were shown at the exhibition of the Allied Artists' Association held at Holland Park Hall in 1914. A photograph of these rugs is repoduced on p.15 of the Omega Workshops' priced catalogue, published c.1915
Designed for the Omega Workshops Ltd. Bloomsbury.
Bibliographic references
  • Omega Workshops Omega Workshops Ltd, artist decorators London: Omega Workshops, [1915?]. 16p. :ill. p15.
  • Gerstein, Alexandra (ed.), Beyond Bloomsbury: Designs of the Omega Workshops 1913-19 London : The Courtauld Gallery, 2009 32
  • Pp.86-7 Lea Vergine, Un Altro Tempo. Tra Decadentismo e Modern Style Rovereto, 2012 ISBN: 978-884281862-5.
  • John Murdoch and Susan Lambert, Summary Catalogue of Textile Designs 1840-1985 in the V. & A. Museum and colour microfiche, Surrey: Emmett Microform, 1986
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Record createdMarch 6, 2009
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