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