Wendingen Rug
Eileen Gray

Hand-Knotted Pure New Wool
80 knots per square inch.
81.8 x 78.7"

Eileen Gray was a revolutionary figure in the fields of modern design and architecture. Her body of work and personal style expressed an undisputed individuality. Born to a family of Irish nobility in 1878, she became one of the first women admitted to the Slade School of Art in London where she studied painting before beginning an apprenticeship in a lacquer workshop. She moved to Paris in 1902, where she continued her studies designing lacquered screens and decorative panels, later gaining recognition for work presented at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs in 1913. After briefly fleeing Paris during World War I, Gray was commissioned to decorate Madame Mathieu-Lévy’s apartment. The opportunity allowed her to create a complete interior environment from wall paneling to furniture and décor. In 1922 she opened the renowned Galérie Jean Désert on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and exhibited her opulent chrome, steel tube, and glass furniture collection shortly after. —Wright

As a designer and practitioner Gray was extremely unusual, not least because she was a woman operating on her own. In 1910 she created a workshop for the weaving of her carpets, which became her most successful products. As well as making lacquer work herself, Gray also hired craftsmen, eventually creating a separate studio for lacquer and furniture.

By the late 1920s, however, tastes changed and the shop closed. Gray then turned her attention mainly to architecture. —Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Wendigen rug is part of a series of rugs designed by Eileen Gray in the 1920's and 1930's for various interior projects.

(Photo: Aram Store)