Between 1860 and 1930 there was tremendous interest in the social and natural history of the past. This enthusiasm is evident in the fact that a majority of the designs seen as “Arts and Crafts” were in fact artistic adaptations of earlier historic styles or botanical subject matter. Some design motifs were simplified, others made more complex, and still others were abstracted so that the resulting patterns rarely resembled the original design source. This creative technique allowed for a fresh approach to tired subject matter. Significantly, all these varied textile designs co-existed throughout the era. With this in mind, all our fabrics are historically accurate and have been designed to reflect the full diversity of the Arts & Crafts Movement through authentic period patterns and true period scale and colors.
The Arts & Crafts Movement was one of the first truly international styles. Consequently, we have tried to provide you with a range of textile styles and designs that represent the diversity of the era. Under this Arts and Crafts umbrella, the years between 1865 and 1930 saw the evolution of the historically influenced Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite, Aesthetic Movement, Japanese, Egyptian, Moorish, and Native American inspired designs – all equally paralleled by the original innovations of the Art Nouveau, Wiener Werkstatte, Secessionist, Jugendstil, Mission, Prairie, Rustic, Art Deco, and Modernist movements.
Each generation of designers further developed this new design language. They looked to the natural world and to ancient cultures for fresh sources for design motifs. Among this group were the English designers Owen Jones, William Morris, Archibald Knox, C.F.A. Voysey, and Charles Rennie MacIntosh. The Art Nouveau style originated in France and Belgium with Guimard and Van de Velde, followed closely by German and Austrian industrial artists Josef Hoffman, Dagobert Peche, and their contemporaries. In America, the Craftsman style was further advanced by Gustav Stickley, the Roycrofters, Frank Lloyd Wright, Greene & Greene and others who contributed their own unique interpretations. With so many different facets to the Arts and Crafts
Style, our goal at Archive Edition Textiles is to develop and provide fabrics that truly cover the full artistic scope of the era.