Lecture/Show-and-Tell: Moroccan Carpets and Twentieth-Century Design

Brooke Pickering Cole, collector and author

This lecture by collector and author Brooke Pickering Cole explores Moroccan carpets and twentieth-century modernist interiors through the work of architects such as Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, and the influential designers that followed them. While design trends changed across the decades, interiors often demanded strong and simple floor coverings that would both register as art and support other carefully chosen objects in the rooms.

The bold patterns, thick pile, and rustic origins of Berber carpets filled this requirement while providing a natural “point and counter point” to the larger design themes. Tribal weaving traditions of the Beni Ourain, Zaiane, and Zemmour will be discussed.

Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings bring together textile experts and enthusiasts for a thematic show and tell of personal pieces. Free; no reservations required.