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Monday, August 30, 2010

Liberty of London: Ianthe

Here is a splendid example of Art Nouveau design. According to, the "Ianthe" pattern was "originally designed as a wallpaper border c.1902 by French designer R. Beauclair. Designed as a fabric in 1967 by Liberty of London." It is printed on Liberty's premium Tana Lawn cotton; "Tana" from Ethiopia's Lake Tana, source of irrigation for much of Ethiopia's cotton crops, and "Lawn" from Laon, France, long famous (since around 1400) for its fine linen and cotton fabrics. (I have posted a larger picture than usual, so you can really see the detail if you click through to the full-sized photo.)

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