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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Bringing Home the East

 [Image via Selvedge.]

One of the things I've always tried to emphasize on this blog is the connection between Eastern aesthetics and Western interior decoration. Seersucker, chintz -- both the words and fabrics came from the East.

[From a past post, my own seersucker chair seat and Mark Starnes' photograph of a Charleston shop window.]

In the new May issue, Selvedge addresses this with a mention of Bringing home the East, an exhibition of Orientalist drawings of interiors and other pieces on view through July 2010 at Newark Park (a 450-year-old former Tudor hunting lodge converted to a stylish home). For more on all things National Trust-related visit Emile de Bruijn's highly informative Treasure Hunt.

And don't forget the upcoming Ogden Museum of Southern Art event, Sippin' in Seersucker, May 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal Street, New Orleans.

See jaw-dropping Eastern textiles photographed by Coleen Rider here and more Indian pieces here.


TSL said...

The last image is so cool and calming. Nice cold drink of water.

La Maison Fou said...

Seersucker always reminds me of growing up in the 70's and the beginning of spring and summer.

I love the fabric; blue and pink are favorite, mint green is also nice. I picture Matissee himself riding a bike, maiden on front in the basket and peddling along to the Grand Canal.

I am also being introduced to more culture and have grown fond of Surries and Indian jewelry.

How we do grow up!


Emile de Bruijn said...

I agree with Tina Steele Lindsey above: it is amazing how Coleen Rider manages to give that purple an icy quality.