Oct 11, 2006

Samara [I]

Samara [I]

c. 1920–25


Josef Frank

(Swedish, born Austria, 1885–1967)


Haus & Garten

(Austrian, est. 1925)

Linen: tabby weave, block printed, loom width

Overall: 69.9 x 127 cm (27 1/2 x 50 in.)

Educational Purchase Fund 1937.187


Did you know?

Within this design are small pomegranates, a fruit that holds a long tradition in textile arts as a symbol of fertility.


Samara features sinuous branches bearing fruit, a motif that Josef Frank returned to in his later designs at Svenskt Tenn in the 1940s. This textile uses Frank’s innovative technique of stacking and rotating each woodblock print impression to make a cohesive design that does not overemphasize geometry.

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