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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

3.03.2012

Virtual Escapes: The Design Library

 [Screengrabs from The Design Library video]


Maybe you've previously read that The Design Library is home to a staggering textile archive (actually, the collection is reportedly the world's largest) but in this case seeing really is believing. Now available online is a virtual tour of the Library in the Hudson River Valley's Wappingers Falls. Take a peek inside this light, open place where seven million textile designs -- ranging from mid-18th to late- 20th-century creations and including a dizzying array of documentary fabrics, wallpapers, embroideries, yarn dyes, and original paintings -- are carefully organized and stored.

8 comments:

Eliana poemas said...

Woow is a big and nice lybrary many olds books

Terry said...

Wow. I have this impression of a unique smell of all that fabric in one place. Makes me think of waking into a greenhouse, the have an aroma that brings back memories. Fabric stores have it too. With millions of samples, some 200 years old, it must be amazing.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Thank you for the virtual escape, absolutely delightful!!

Style Court said...

Terry -- I love your comparison to a greenhouse. I know exactly what you mean about the distinct smell of a fabric warehouse.

Laura, Eliana -- So glad you enjoyed it. Wouldn't it be great to explore this place?

Donna said...

Wow, this is amazing!! Would love to check it out!!

www.donnaviningblog.com

Style Court said...

Donna -- I could spend days, no weeks, there :)

seule771 said...

I enjoy always your latest news. I am reminded of when I was a student at Boston University and how I would frequent The Mugar's Library Archive:
https://www.facebook.com/SpottedBostonUniversityMugar

http://www.bu.edu/library/mugar-memorial/

as it held textiles materials and books on many fine actresses and some of Boston's outstanding citizens of Celtic Ancestry.

Thank you always for such loveliness. It pleases the palette just so.

The Geeks said...

hi..Im college student, thanks for sharing :) inspire..!!!