Thursday, 5 March 2009

Great Gatsby! What Are Oriental Carpet Patterns Doing On Jazz Age Beaded Purses?

INDIANAPOLIS, USA; March 6, 2009 -- The "It" girls of the 1920s -- the Flappers -- did a lot to usher in the modern age.

They were the first to stop wearing the waist-constricting corsets that gave so many women before them the look of walking -- and fainting -- hourglasses.

They danced wild dances -- the Charleston and the Bunny Hug -- to ragtime and jazz taken from the previously ignored culture of Black America.

And they cut their hair short and smoked and drank like men, presaging the days when women would join the workforce and become financially as well as socially independent.

All this revolutionary behavior might seem whimsical until you think of what directly preceded it: World War I. The previous world order had ended in what -- politics aside -- was collective suicide. Many people believed it was absolutely necessary to try something new.

But what does this have to do with carpets?

One of the less well-known ways the Flappers anticipated modern times was also by being interested in "ethno" styles.

Their early ethno-look did not just include feathered headbands to liven up a party outfit -- already a step too far for many people today. It also featured beaded purses in a variety of designs inspired by oriental carpets and textiles.

The beaded carpet purses came in a huge variety of patterns. They ranged from Turkish prayer carpets, to Caucasian rugs, to Persian medallion carpets, to Turkmen tribal designs, to Indian textile motifs. But unlike most ethno products today, they were not made in the East as one might expect, but in the United States and Europe, particularly in France.

The story of these beaded oriental carpets was told recently by an exhibit of 70 such purses at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) in Indiana. The exhibit, entitled Shared Beauty: Eastern Rugs & Western Beaded Purses began May 31, 2008 and ends April 5 this year.

Niloo Paydar, curator of textiles and fashion arts at the IMA, says oriental carpet designs were not something originally associated with beaded purses, which have a long history of their own from the late 19th century through the early 20th.

Much more typical designs for beaded purses were chinoiserie, landscapes, flowers and occasionally people, and mostly these designs were taken from paintings and other arts of the period. Here is one such landscape purse (right).

In the 1920s, the demand for beaded purses reached its height. One reason may be that they were a perfect accessory for beaded evening dresses, which were an integral part of flapper-era costumes. This apparently created a desire for still more designs, and oriental carpet patterns suddenly joined the menu.

Paydar says the use of carpet designs was surprising because their patterns did not go particularly well with the patterns of the Jazz Age dresses, which were mainly art deco.

Still, their popularity may reflect the fact that during this same period Orientalism was still in vogue and eastern carpets were commonplace in western homes. The best-traveled could take package tours on the Nile or steamers to Istanbul or go on around the world from one European colonial possession to the next. Eastern motifs and the exotic associations that went with them were part of the times.

But precisely when the oriental beaded purses first appeared is hard to know.

Paydar says most beaded purses, which can be of glass or metal, offer very few clues to the date they were made. There are some trends, such as drawstrings being used earlier, and clasps later, for closing the purses, and some lining materials were used before others. But putting together a precise history of the purses is difficult indeed.

The 70 purses exhibited by the IMA come from a single private collection in California compiled by Stella and Frederick Krieger. The Museum juxtaposed the purses with rugs from its own holdings plus some more loaned by local rug collectors.

"I personally have an interest in exhibiting eastern and western designs alongside each other and talking about how they influence each other and how influence is not always west to east," Paydar says. "Who would have thought carpet patterns would have become a fashion accessory?"

She also says that the museum has found that exhibiting beaded purses, which are familiar to many Americans, is a good way to teach visitors about something that today is less familiar: oriental carpet designs.

That may seem ironic, given how popular both once were together. But over the decades things have changed. Oriental carpets are no longer a staple of American household furnishings but beaded purses -- in a whole variety of designs -- remain a very popular arts and craft item.

In the United States there is a huge community of bead purse collectors and almost every city has a bead society, Paydar says. Many enthusiasts make their own bead purses, so the tradition is very much alive today.

(Photos from top to bottom: Carpet Purse from Collection of Fred and Stella Krieger; actress Norma Talmadge; landscape purse courtesy Purse Treasures; carpet purse from Collection of Fred and Stella Krieger; Shared Beauty exhibit IMA.)




Related Links

Indianapolis Museum of Art: Shared Beauty -- Eastern Rugs & Western Beaded Purses

Purse Treasures: Geometric and Carpet Beaded Purses

The Jazz Age: Flappers, Music and Dancing


Canada Goose Parka said...

Thank you for your nice post, as we know, Fresh toward the Arctic Collection, inspired by our iconic Expedition Parka, the Canada Goose Parka is acknowledged getting a slimmer and trendy edition, wonderful for that town.Canada Goose Citadel Parka could be the best option toward freezing weather. Features a comparable 4 fleece lined, zippered hand warmer Canada Goose Expedition Parka invisible in the rear belonging toward chest and decrease pockets. These a range of pockets are terrific area for storing tiny items. The Canada Goose Sale has an adjustable bracing cable tv set inside the hood for support, supplying exceptional defense in considerable wind conditions. With its 625 fill energy lumination duck slicing you are limited getting kept warm with a parka from Canada Goose Outlet, for the coldest of winter days, although nonetheless assisting you sustain a trendy Canada Goose Montebello Parka.

Ralph Lauren sale said...

WOW, IT NICE POST! As we all knows, Gucci type keeps correct to their conventional Italian roots like a horseback saddler and imitation leather works. we are able to say that Gucci Belt Bags may be the most preferred bags within our Gucci Outlet on the web store. The ralph lauren outlet materials is pretty gentle and good which you will really feel a awesome and relieve emotion within the season. each and every 1 who see it for that 1st sight will adore cheap Gucci Bags at once. as nicely as cost from our Gucci outlet store on the web is really aggressive for you, you totally can pay for to obtain it. So Gucci Shoes on buddy! by no means skip the chance.

Unknown said...

obat wasir alami obat wasir alami obat wasir alami kutil kelamin pada wanita obat herpes simplex obat herpes anak obat kemaluan keluar nanah obat kencing nanah di samarinda obat wasir herbal obat wasir herbal obat wasir herbal

Unknown said...

obat kemaluan keluar nanah obat kemaluan keluar nanah Obat kemaluan keluar nanah penis keluar nanah obat untuk kemaluan yang keluar nanah dan perih saat kencing obat kemaluan keluar cairan nanah dan perih saat kencing penyebab penis keluar nanah penyebab penis keluar nanah penyebab penis keluar nanah penyebab penis keluar nanah penyebab penis keluar nanah penyebab penis keluar nanah penyebab kemaluan laki laki keluar nanah cara mengobati kelamin keluar nanah penyebab alat kelamin pria keluar nanah obat wasir herbal untuk ibu menyusui obat wasir herbal ampuh obat ambeien luar obat alami ambeien eksternal obat wasir cina ampuh penyembuhan wasir alami obat salep wasir di apotik apa obat kemaluan keluar nanah untuk pria obat herbal wasir ambeclear denature obat menyembuhkan kencing perih dan bernanah

Unknown said...

kenapa keputihan tidak normal dan mengeluarkan nanah obat kutil herbal di kemaluan cara menghilangkan kutil kemaluan secara alami tips menghindari kutil kelamin tips menghilangkan kencing nanah cara mengobati kelamin keluar nanah obat alam tradisional kencing bernanah obat kutil di kemaluan pria obat kemaluan keluar nanah Obat Ambeien Ampuh Tradisional Resep Obat Wasir obat alami untuk gejala wasir Mengobati Wasir Secara Alami Obat ampuh atasi wasir Obat herbal efektif menyembuhkan wasir Obat untuk kelamin laki laki keluar cairan nanah Obat kemaluan keluar nanah atau gonore Obat cairan nanah keluar dari alat kelamin Mengapa kencing sakit dan keluar cairan nanah Mengapa kencing perih dan keluar nanah Mengapa nanah keluar dari kelamin Obat untuk kutil di sekitar bibir vagina Obat kencing nanah manjur menghilangkan benjolan kutil di vagina wanita

Unknown said...

pandora jewelry,
canada goose outlet,
ralph lauren outlet,
longchamp outlet,
louis vuitton handbags,
roshe run,
wellensteyn jackets,
air max 2015,
belstaff jackets,
ray ban sunglasses,
prada outlet,
mulberry outlet,
nike huarache,
mulberry outlet,
air max 2014,
ugg outlet,
ralph lauren uk,
ugg australia,
replica watches,
true religion jeans,
air jordan 11,
tiffany and co jewelry,
ray ban,
tory burch outlet,

Fangyaya said...

michael kors outlet
michael kors outlet clearance
michael kors handbags
timberland outlet
michael kors outlet clearance
replica watches for sale
adidas nmd r1
michael kors outlet online
jeremy scott shoes
michael kors handbags
hollister clothing
jordan 4 toro
christian louboutin sale
asics outlet
nike air max 90
coach factory outlet
louis vuitton
michael kors outlet clearance
coach factory outlet
kobe bryant shoes
louis vuitton bags
lebron james shoes
coach factory outlet
coach outlet store online clearances
kate spade handbags
nike running shoes
coach outlet store online
adidas uk
christian louboutin outlet

Unknown said...

fitflops sale
coach factory outlet
kate spade
nike air force 1
coach outlet
gucci sale
rolex replica watches
ferragamo shoes
coach outlet online
nike outlet store

raybanoutlet001 said...

giants jersey
nike outlet
ralph lauren
adidas nmd
miami heat jersey
arizona cardinals jerseys
coach outlet store
ugg outlet
ugg boots
nike outlet

Unknown said...

lebron 13
adidas nmd
nike zoom
jordan 6
nhl jerseys
michael kors outlet
hermes belts for men
nike roshe run one
adidas yeezy boost

Unknown said...

coach factory outlet
prada shoes
giuseppe zanotti
mulberry handbags
ralph lauren outlet
salomom shoes
coach outlet
canada goose jackets
polo ralph lauren outlet
jordan shoes

5689 said...

jordan shoes
canada goose outlet
coach outlet
coach outlet online
canada goose
michael kors outlet
ralph lauren polo
fitflops clearance
adidas outlet
ralph lauren

David Shannon said...

These are some extraordinary collection you have shown there. I tend to order rugs, carpets and other home improvements from laura ashley because they have modern designs. But I think you are developing my love for some historical and traditional designs. Oh yes, the other attraction for me is laura ashley voucher code because I save some bucks with that.

sandy said...

ارخص شركة نقل عفش

ارخص شركة نقل عفش بالرياض