Rugs By Brand - Smithsonian
Smithsonian® Collection By Surya - Designs inspired by treasures found within the Smithsonian Institution’s vast archives, collections and libraries. Fall 2011 comes from one of the most unique sources at the Smithsonian—the Smithsonian Libraries’ vintage trade literature collection. This collection is renowned for its rare glimpse into the history of American product design—nearly half of the information in the collection cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
The Archive Collection features a hand woven flat weave construction that beautifully highlights the simplicity and sophistication as part of Surya's Smithsonian Collection. Ornamentalist and architect Owen Jones produced handsome volumes on design in Victorian Britain, including The Grammar of Chinese Ornament, an encyclopedia of pattern inspired by historic and traditional ornament from around the world. The Grammar of Chinese Ornament lavishly displays artwork of ancient Chinese cultures in 100 exquisite full color plates. This book is held by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries' Special Collections which contains some of the most intriguing and unusual assets comprising of books, journals, and pamphlets as well as manuscripts, maps, prints, medals and other objects. [more...]
The Heritage Collection is part of Surya's Smithsonian Collection. The rug designs within this collection are inspired from asymmetrical designs taken from a c.1900 periodical titled Shin-Bijutsukai, housed in the rare book division of the Cooper-Hewitt branch of the Smithsonian Libraries. Such design publications were meant to inspire decorators, artists and craftspeople of the day. Each rug is hand knotted from 100% New Zealand wool. [more...]
Surya has collaborated with the world's largest and most prestigious museum to develop its Smithsonian Collection. The exclusive compilation is comprised of 12 hand-tufted rugs made in India of 100% New Zealand wool. Each piece within this first-class collection was inspired by artifacts found within the Smithsonian's vast archives. The rugs represent a variety of cultures and historical provenances including 19th century studies of ornamental and decorative designs from Egypt, China and the Middle Ages, 18th-19th century French wall coverings, and 19th century American textiles. [more...]