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Frank Lloyd Wright/Taliesin Architects (American, 1869 - 1959). "Vintage Frank Lloyd Wright/Taliesin Architects Designed Carpet from the Arizona Biltmore Hotel [01 "tile"] [Approximate size: 54" x 54" (4 1/2' x 4 1/2') square. The integral repeating design of the carpet consists of four green “squares” with an “arrow” through the middle of each square, pointing to the “center.” Each one of the squares is approximately 27” square and four of them make the complete design, a “tile.” The tile dimension is approximately 54 inches square (4 ½ feet x 4 ½ feet)]". Textile. The carpet has been professionally cleaned and bordered. Very good condition, with no holes, patches, stains, color bleeding, etc. Several minimal, virtually undetectable, professionally repaired tears. This carpet size is perfect for a wall hanging. It is also very impressive framed. Provenance: Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona. Built in 1929 and known throughout the world as “The Jewel of the Desert," the Biltmore resort was designed by Albert Chase MacArthur, with consulting from Frank Lloyd Wright and his Taliesin Architects, particularly on the brick design and general interior design, including the carpeting. Mr. Wright's carpet design was sent to the prestigious Wilton Carpet Manufacturing Company in Axminster, England, which used only the highest quality 100% wool available in its manufacture. In 1932 the carpet was installed throughout the hotel as an integral part of the overall interior design. On June 21st, 1973, a tragic fire led to the replacement of all the carpeting throughout the resort, of which our example is part (please see image of the carpet in place). The carpet was designed by Wright's Taliesin Architects based on a Wright drawing (dated by him in 1921) for the Second Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, constructed 1915-1923. "As classically correct today as the day it was created, Mr. Wright's modern use of line and rich jewel tones make this vintage carpet as modern and enduring as the Biltmore itself." (from the "Arizona Republic"). Included in several important collections, including the Baltimore Museum of Art. Image copyright © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. [23620] |400| {R100}

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Estimate $600 - $800May 19, 2013
530 East McDowell Road, Suite 107-239
Phoenix , AZ 85004
United States
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