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Color Blanket

This is a Color blanket. It was designed by Stanley Tanenbaum. It is dated 1985 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is acrylic, nylon and its technique is double cloth. It is a part of the Textiles department.

A color blanket is a tool used by textile designers in the development and selection of a color palette. By crossing a variety of warp and weft combinations, the blanket shows a wide variety of solid and blended colors. Typically the designer or consultant, in this case Stanley Tanenbaum, would choose six to twelve samples from the blanket to put into production and offer to buyers. This blanket is of upholstery-weight nylon solids, probably for hotel or other commercial interior use.
Color blankets are of particular interest to Cooper Hewitt because teh reveal the process of developoing a color palette for production, demonstrate the complex interaction between color and weave structure, and provide a more visually dynamic was to exhibit solid-color fabrics.

This object was donated by American Textile History Museum. It is credited American Textile History Museum Collection, gift of Stanley Tanenbaum.

  • Poster, Specimen
  • offset lithograph on paper.
  • Gift of Fanette Mellier.
  • 2013-18-1

Its dimensions are

H x W: 528.3 × 135.9 cm (17 ft. 4 in. × 53 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Color Blanket; Designed by Stanley Tanenbaum ; acrylic, nylon; H x W: 528.3 × 135.9 cm (17 ft. 4 in. × 53 1/2 in.); American Textile History Museum Collection, gift of Stanley Tanenbaum; 2016-35-85

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