A rare and exquisite find. A 1966 Scalamandré hand printed silk/cotton blend, this vibrant Chrysanthemum piece is large enough to be the fabric headboard for a twin sized guest — or very fashionable child’s — bed!
It would offer a Zen like sophistication used as a part of a screen, large sized Roman shade, on a small accent wall as a fabric application wallpaper, or as the back or seat of a settee. Use your imagination.
This hand printed piece has texture as if it were a painting.
Interestingly when this piece was first released it was done in the silk/cotton and also done in a range of colors on linen. Scalamandré archive #8255 50% silk and 50% cotton. Touch and appearance reads as a sturdy silk more than as a cotton.
COLORS: The background is a little peachier than my pics show. The greens are sage, lily pad, and ranges of olive, with white and peachy-orange.
SIZE: Huge! 49″ wide x 54″ long!
Maker: Franco Scalamandré has a great story to tell of coming to America in the 20s from Italy and making a huge success of himself. From engineer, to historic textile researcher, to major design firm and more, Scalamandré is synonymous with quality, success, and above all, historic preservation. Do take some time to read up on the phenomenal Scalamandré history here: https://www.scalamandre.com/history and a NY Times obit on Franco: https://www.nytimes.com/1988/03/04/obituaries/franco-scalamandre-89-leader-in-making-of-decorative-textiles.html
CONDITION: Superior! Some minor slubbing on the surface is not a flaw but part of the lower tech weaving process for this piece. New with tags lists 1966 date.