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MUNI carpets

ABOUT MUNI

The Origin of MUNI CARPETS

古い中国のカーペット

Carpets of the same kind used to decorate Coco Chanel’s salon.  (The collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. )

In the long history of Chinese carpets, there is a group that stands out for its class and sophistication. These carpets, known as classical Chinese carpets, were woven to be presented to the imperial court during the late Ming and early Qing dynasties (16th to 18th century). In the early 20th century, when the carpets were unveiled at an auction in New York, they were welcomed among the upper classes, quickly becoming a symbol of wealth and fortune. Their graceful beauty has fascinated the likes of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Coco Chanel, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

 


At the Asian textile Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY. Left ,Kenji Kusudo

From the 19th century onwards, classical Chinese carpets began to lose their unique beauty, and with the fall of the Qing dynasty in the early 20th century, studios ceased to exist. Since that time, carpets were produced for the foreign markets, and they lacked the beauty of the original works, being based on commercialized designs and mass-production, using machines and chemical dye.
Today, Classical Chinese Carpets are considered world treasures, collected by museums throughout Europe and the United States. MUNI CARPETS are created based on research of weaving skills and patterns, and studies of the original carpets’ history with support from such institutes as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Palace Museum in Beijing.

 

 

メトロポリタン美術館からの手紙

A letter addressed to Kusudo from the late Jean Mailey, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.   Miley’s warm support continues to encourage Kusudo.