Conquistador (Furnishing Fabric)

A work made of cotton, plain weave; supplementary pile warps forming cut, solid velvet; printed.

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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave; supplementary pile warps forming cut, solid velvet; printed.

Date:

1966

Artist:

Designed by Larsen Design Studio (American, 1958–1997)
United States, New York, New York

About this artwork

The design of this velvet features a fraught meeting between Spanish colonial design and Incan art and architecture. The pattern’s designer, Jack Lenor Larsen, drew inspiration for the pattern from a carving he saw while in Peru. He has described the resulting textile as his imagining of “how an Inca might handle a baroque motif. That is, flatly and without the robust movement typical in Europe. More like the stone walls of Peru.”
—Modern Velvet: A Sense of Luxury in the Age of Industry, Oct 21, 2016-Mar 19, 2017, Galleries 57-59

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Artist

Larsen Design Studio (Designer)

Title

Conquistador (Furnishing Fabric)

Origin

New York City

Date

1966

Medium

Cotton, plain weave; supplementary pile warps forming cut, solid velvet; printed

Dimensions

286.6 x 142.3 cm (112 3/4 x 56 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Jack Lenor Larsen

Reference Number

1984.1537

Extended information about this artwork

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