[Image via The Met shop.]
As more Interwoven Globe exhibition-related products continue to become available online, I thought I'd point out that one of the note cards for sale features an amazing painted and printed silk taffeta chinoiserie wall panel. It's 18th century and was produced in China for the European market. Almost revolutionary products at the time, these handpainted silk panels comprised a surprisingly small percentage of all the textiles exported from China to the West, says The Met. To this day, though, they influence interior decoration. And when the panels were a contemporary design element, they led to the creation of those iconic "Chinese Rooms" in grand English country houses. Click here for the ultimate guide to Chinese Export wallcovering.
BTW, in the Museum's new box of notecards, a gorgeous Indian palampore is included too.