The deliciously intriguing thing about these fabric panels—mounted on stretchers and meant for display as art—is their dizzyingly cross-cultural mix of influences. We’re talking about works of tapestry woven in France at the height of the Art Deco period (roughly the 1920s, ‘30s, and early ‘40s), meant to interpret the design iconography of the American Southwest.
The panels reference the graphic motifs found in Navajo and Hopi blankets, filtering these themes through a decidedly Gallic red, white, and blue palette with results that are at once bold and coolly sophisticated. The combo is a vivid expression of a newly blooming global culture—and a gorgeous one at that.
As hybrid works of decorative art, the panels have a charming versatility and a surprisingly au courant vibe. It’s easy to imagine them integrated into a living room designed by Alberto Pinto—whose dynamic, bold interiors brought together a glorious mishmash of styles—or Frédéric Méchiche , known for his sumptuous, dramatic Parisian interiors. Of course, we can picture them as a chic addition to a rough hewn Aspen-inspired chalet scheme with classic Ralph Lauren good looks, but they’d also be brilliant framing a mirror or bookcase in a sleek city apartment, with lots of white space to let them really sing.