NYSID & Kravet Inc. Announce Archival Exhibit Opening Sep. 5

Coptic (Egypt), 200 B.C.E. Textile fragment
Linen, wool: plain weave, embroidered
Hand Block (France) early 20th c. Fruitwood

The New York School of Interior Design is pleased to announce the opening of Pattern and Process: Selections from the Kravet Archive, on view September 5 through November 27, 2019 at NYSID Gallery, 170 East 70 Street, New York City.

Kravet Inc. is known for its comprehensive archive of textile design, which documents the history of textile manufacture dating back centuries and originating from cultures across the globe. Encompassing textiles, paintings, artifacts and other historic documents, the Kravet archive is an important resource for researchers, designers and historians. For the first time, the Kravet Archive is the subject of an exhibition that presents its history and complexity for designers, design enthusiasts and visitors new to the subject alike to enjoy. More than 80 examples from this vast repository of textile design history are on view as part of Pattern and Process: Selections from the Kravet Archive at the NYSID Gallery.

“It is so exciting to share all of the wonderful treasures collected over the years with the design community,” said Ellen Kravet, Chairman, Board of Trustees, NYSID. “The New York School of Interior Design is the perfect organization to partner with on this endeavor offering an exclusive glimpse into the rich history of the textile world. We hope these incredible materials serve as a source of inspiration for the next generation of interior designers.”

The Kravet archive, located at Kravet Inc.’s corporate headquarters in Bethpage, Long Island, is incredibly diverse—the oldest object is a Coptic textile fragment dating from 200 BC, but it also includes contemporary pieces such as recent indigo-dyed fabrics from Japan. It is drawn from around the world, with textiles originating on six continents and encompassing historical and contemporary production techniques.

The exhibition will open on September 5, 2019 with a celebration honoring the intrepid process Kravet has mastered putting forth fresh product rooted in textile history.

Curated by Darling Green.

Images courtesy of the Kravet Inc. Archive

Felix Vanoutryve & Cie (France) Late 19th c. or Early 20th c.
Textile design Gouache on paper
(source for current Kravet design, Kaiyou)
Felix Vanoutryve & Cie (France) Textile design, c. 1880-90 Gouache on paper
Foldover Kashmiri Paisley Shawl
Central & South-eastern Asia, 19th century Pashmina (wool), embriodered twill tapestry
Moteau & Deminiere (France), 19th c. Sketch reference page
Collaged Gouache and ink paintings on paper
lse Katagami Stencil (Japan) Edo and Meiji period, 1850-1912
Mulberry bark washi (paper) coated and layered with extracted persimmon glue,
reinforced with human hair
Kyo-Yuzen Kimono Design (Kyoto, Japan), 19th century
Watercolor, ink with metal leaf on silk

About New York School of Interior Design

New York School of Interior Design is a private, nonprofit college focused exclusively on interior design. The college offers certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs for students at all stages of their careers—whether they’re just becoming familiar with the discipline, considering a career change, or looking to deepen knowledge in a particular area. Consistently ranked one of the top interior design programs in the United States, students study both residential and commercial interior design, some with specialties in sustainable design, lighting, and healthcare interiors. NYSID students enjoy a small class size and sharp focus, a great deal of personal attention from dedicated faculty, and they go on to practice at the highest levels of the profession. To learn more, visit NYSID.edu.

About Kravet Inc.

Kravet Inc., established in 1918, is the industry leader in to-the-trade home furnishings. This fifth generation family business distributes fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, trimmings, carpets and accessories. The family’s commitment to innovation has helped the company transform from a small fabric house to a global leader, representing brands and designers from all over the world. In 2015, Kravet Inc. introduced curatedkravet.com, a to-the-trade only e-commerce site offering designers unique furniture and accessories curated from around the globe. Kravet Inc. owns Kravet, Lee Jofa, Groundworks, GP & J Baker and Brunschwig & Fils, all high-end fabric houses that specialize in style, luxury and exceptional design. With locations in North America and worldwide, Kravet Inc. offers the highest level of customer service, quality products and web technology for today’s design professional. For further brand information, please refer to kravet.com.