Museum's designs find a textiles home

Marvin Lazaro, February 17, 2003

The textiles designs of yesteryear have become the basis for a new line of home textiles supplied by Chandler Collection and licensed by the Museum of New Mexico.

Traditions made Modern is a lifestyle collection inspired by the multicultural collections of the Museum of New Mexico, which are from as near as Mexico and from as far as the Philippines. The Los Angeles-based Chandler Collection is offering five bed ensembles that are all interpretations of various textiles on display.

"We're working on a whole lifestyle collection," said Pamela Kelly, director of licensing for the Museum. "We license designs for furniture, upholstery, rugs and lamps, so it seemed only appropriate that we round out our collection with a top-of-bed manufacturer."

In addition to Chandler, Valdese Weavers, Romweber, Sam Moore, Quoizel, Shaw Rugs and Vanguard Furniture are also licensees for furniture and accessories.

Shaw Rugs has designed three hand-tufted wool rugs, each featuring a design from Native American materials. Each is heavily adapted, is relatively abstract and "somewhat modern" said Kelly. Two designs are taken from pottery, while the third is from a textile. Each of the three rugs is available in three colorways.

Five ensembles make up the bedding, which Chandler's executive director and designer Leigh Chandler said would be available for preview during the April High Point, NC, show and may be available during the March home textiles market in New York.

One ensemble is adapted from a Swedish bed coverlet embroidered in 1827 and features an all-over floral in red and ecru. Crewel embroidery embellishes its velvet duvet cover.

A graphic black-and-white floral applique cotton quilt is an adapted design from the collection inspired by Spain in the early 1900s.

Another ensemble features a felted wool duvet cover, throw and pillows, all adapted from late-1800s Filipino lace.

A line is adapted from Navajo textiles, including a black cotton ribbon quilt with diamond graphics

Finally, a matelassé coverlet, has been adapted from an Iranian paisley and matched with embroidered pillows featuring a floral design taken from Mexican textiles.

All of the products for the open stock line have been sourced from India and a May shipping date has been set.

Retail prices vary widely, but queen-size quilts range from $275 to $300.

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