Exhibitions Textile museum Tilburg
25 March 2017 till 4 March 2018
Velvet-like carpets on the table, behind the coat rack, on the mantelshelf or on the divan: this kind of interior decoration is not very common to us today. During the 20s and 30s of the previous century, they were very popular. The so-called mohair velvets, also known as velours d’Utrecht, were often used in Amsterdam School interiors. Allegedly, the fabric finds its origins in Utrecht in the 17th century. The exhibition ‘Ornamental Patterns’ shows a wide variety of Amsterdam School mohair velvets, curtain fabrics, wall coverings and upholstery fabrics, all from the TextielMuseum collection. Apart from this extensive overview, the exhibition focuses on the special cooperation with artists from ca. 1917 until 1935, on the history of the factories Schellens & Marto, Léo Schellens and the Hengelosche Trijpweverij and it illuminates the different decorating techniques. A unique mohair velvet cylinder, with a design by Theo Nieuwenhuis, a wooden print block, with a pattern by Chris Lebeau and a rich selection of pattern drawings are on show.