The Fabric of India Exhibition

One of the Alidad team paid a visit to the V&A over the weekend to see the long awaited Fabric of India exhibition.

 

Not only was the exhibition carefully put together, it was incredibly informative and of course, just stunning to look at! I was taken on a journey from the nature of actually making cloth, the various methods of decorating it, through to the assorted uses. Fascinating videos of craftsmen today, practising the arts of hand block printing, intricate hand embroidery and weaving on hand looms were dotted around, portraying the skill and labour that goes in to the textiles that we use on a day to day basis here at Alidad Ltd. It is quite easy to forget the level of expertise that can go in to one beautiful cushion cover!

 

The highlight had to be the full Mughal tent, a portable palace, decorated with poppies in bordered panels; a pattern and colour combination that I could definitely see in an Alidad designed home!

 

It is quite clear that we owe a great deal to the Indian Textile trade, and this exhibition highlights the importance and the enormous influence it has had throughout history on fashion, jewellery and of course out interiors!

 

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Rubens at the Royal Academy

One of us here at Alidad was lucky enough to visit the  ‘Rubens and His Legacy’ exhibition at the Royal Academy this weekend.

We love the sumptuous colours and rich textures of Rubens’ work. His ability to suffuse a canvas with dazzling jewel-like colours and dramatic movement is awe-inspiring and secures his place as one of Europe’s most famous and influential artists.

The exhibition featured not only impressive large scale works of Rubens but wonderful paintings by Sir Thomas Lawrence and Eugene Delacroix – none of which would look out of place in an Alidad home!

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Sir Thomas Lawrence, Portrait of Mrs Arthur Annesley, oil on canvas (Image: Bonhams.com)

Sir Thomas Lawrence, Portrait of Mrs Arthur Annesley, oil on canvas (Image: Bonhams.com)

Lion Hunt, 1858, Eugène Delacroix, oil on canvas (Image: Mfa.org)

 

Lion Hunt, 1858, Eugène Delacroix, oil on canvas (Image: Mfa.org)

Evening Landscape with Timber Wagon, Peter Paul Rubens, oil on canvas (Image: commons.wikimedia.org)

 

Evening Landscape with Timber Wagon, Peter Paul Rubens, oil on canvas (Image: commons.wikimedia.org)

Watts Of Westminster Celebrating 140 Years

Watts & Co. are celebrating 140 years of their company’s colourful and beautiful designs. The “Pattern Watts’ Architects Wallpaper, 1870 – Today” exhibition offers a rare peak inside this fifth generation family-run firm.

In the exhibition’s pamphlet a photograph of Alidad’s interior was used to demonstrate the truly beautiful velvets produced by Watts of Westminster.

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Matisee: Cut-Outs

One of our colleagues visited Tate Modern over the weekend and simply had to share this inspiring exhibition.

Matisse is recognized as a leading figure in modern art and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see so many of this incredible artist’s works in one place, and to discover his final artistic triumph.

The exhibition is open until 7th September. Final all-nights weekend and late-nights have been added due to popular demand. We think it’s a must-see!

Henri Matisse The Snail 1953 © Succession H. Matisse / DACS 2014

Henri Matisse
The Snail 1953
© Succession H. Matisse / DACS 2014

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