Ornamental Patterns: Amsterdam Schools, Mohair Velvets

Exhibition, TextielMuseum, Tilburg, Netherlands.


From March 25, 2017 until March 4, 2018
Velvet-like carpets on the table, behind the coat rack, on the mantelpiece or on the sofa: this kind of interior decoration was popular during the 1920s and 30s. The so-called mohair velvets, were often used in Amsterdam School interiors. Allegedly, the fabric finds its origins in Utrecht in the 17th century. The exhibition shows a wide variety of these mohair velvets, curtain fabrics, wall coverings, and upholstery fabrics. A unique mohair velvet cylinder, a wooden print block, and a rich selection of pattern drawings are on show. The expressive and colourful patterns can be a ributed to the silk-like glow of the fabric, its flexibility, and its rich colour palette. Mohair velvet was known for its indestructible quality.