20 April 2017

Madeline Weinrib's Camilla

Inspiration has a way of finding those who seek it out.
When something completely new emerges from our search–a distillation of that inspiration, it's known as an Original. Madeline Weinrib is at her best working in this sphere.  Her travels and art from disparate cultures and centuries have inspired her newest rug design called Camilla.
Camilla is Inspired, & Original.

Where did Madeline look for inspiration?

I took inspiration from Indian mogul flowers as well as Botticelli's the four seasons. Botticelli's flowers are rambling and wild, while mogul flowers are placed in lines and patterns so précisely. It was challenging putting the two ideas together that are such polar opposites. ~MW

Camilla in Pink & Red

"Mogul Painting, Small Clive Album p. 54, a lady with a wine flask and cup, opaque watercolour on paper, Mughal, late 17th or early 18th century.  This painting is part of the Small Clive Album is thought to have been given by Shuja ud-daula, the Nawab of Avadh, to Lord Clive during his last visit to India in 1765-67. It contains 56 leaves on which are Mughal paintings, drawings, and flower
studies on both sides. from the V&A"  See them all and read more here

The flowers are based on fantasy. They are not taken from real flowers but rather designed to be able to translate to a weave. This is difficult to do with a flat weave. 

I hope they feel both orderly but free. ~MW

John Ruskin found inspiration in Botticelli's Primavera as well
Ruskin's Study of Roses, 1874 Pencil, ink, watercolour

 detail of Primavera by Botticelli, above and below

Camilla & Spring, perfection underfoot.

See Camilla at Madeline Weinrib here


  1. Do most DESIGNERS take inspiration from THE PAST?

  2. I love Madeline Weinrib's fabrics! I have a collection of pages I've torn out of decorator magazines over the years showing these. Her work is timeless. Thanks for the post!

  3. Gaye, I already posted a comment but I have to tell you, I love your Pinterest boards. I'm infatuated right now with your Russian Ark board (I love the movie too!) and I wonder if you've seen the wonderful fantasy posters created by the Moscow Museum of Architecture? You can view them here http://lazypenguins.com/amazing-posters-for-the-moscow-museum-of-architecture/ as well as a number of places on the web. If only they were true...!


    1. they are fascinating-and have that Russian Ark effect. Thanks for pointing them out to me. pgt



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