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Sample, Arabesque, 1954

This is a Sample. It was designed by Alexander Hayden Girard and produced by Herman Miller Textiles. It is dated 1954 and we acquired it in 2000. Its medium is rayon, cotton and its technique is twill weave with supplementary weft patterning. It is a part of the Textiles Department department.

Girard’s exuberant use of color drew on his large collection of folk art. Of the type of color scheme represented here, he later quipped, “In those days a brilliant pink or magenta carried a connotation of a double-barreled horror.”

This object was donated by Alexander Hayden Girard. It is credited Gift of Alexander H. Girard.

  • Sample, Arabesque, 1954
  • 47% spun rayon, 30% cotton, 19% metallic plastic, 4% rayon.
  • Gift of Alexander H. Girard.
  • 1969-165-40

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Its dimensions are

Warp x Weft: 29 x 27 cm (11 7/16 x 10 5/8 in.)

It has the following markings

Paper label with handwritten, 135*D, attached to upper left corner.

Cite this object as

Sample, Arabesque, 1954; Designed by Alexander Hayden Girard (American, 1907–1993); rayon, cotton; Warp x Weft: 29 x 27 cm (11 7/16 x 10 5/8 in.); Gift of Alexander H. Girard; 1969-165-38

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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