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International Decorative Art

Art Deco Wool Carpet

Art Deco Wool Carpet

Design Date
c. 1935

Designer
Ivan da Silva Bruhns (1881–1980, French)

Media
wool

Dimensions
137 1/2 x 103 inches

The Art Deco period of carpet-making focused on minimalist shapes and cross-hatching on bare fields of muted colors, like this rug’s beige background. During this period, Ivan da Silva Bruhns, a French-born Brazilian carpet-maker who previously experimented with bright Cubist and Aztec-inspired patterns in his rugs, adopted the sparer Art Deco style. Art Deco rugs by da Silva Bruhns incorporated overlapping geometric shapes like these circles and stripes, in one or two harmonic, natural colors. After studying to be a doctor, da Silva Bruhns abandoned medicine for carpet design. He learned how to weave by unraveling oriental carpets to see their construction.

Not currently on view

Markings
"da Silva Bruhns" signature in weave at center of one short end

Credit Line
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number
1998.0033

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