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A handwoven wool carpet, the rectangular field knotted in shades midnight-blue and black, by Eileen Gray, circa 1923
Eileen Gray's daybooks of her Galerie Jean Désert confirm the frequent sales of rugs. This indeed would seem to have constituted the most consistently successful aspect of the business, though, inevitably, the essentially fragile nature of these works has ensured that very few original examples have survived.
The present example reflects Miss Gray's appreciation of the minimalist linear graphics associated with artists of the Dutch De Stijl group. Her discovery of their work had a considerable impact on her aesthetic in the early 1920s. The name 'Wendingen' given to this design confirms the Dutch inspiration. A contemporary photograph of the façade of Jean Désert shows another example of this rug in variant colours prominently displayed in the window.