Damask design in the 19th and 20th-century
The damasks in the TextielMuseum’s collection have beautiful representations that are subtly visible in grazing light. Up and until 1900 these premade Damask designs were woven and recreated in the Netherlands, which can often no longer be traced back to a single hand or designer. At the beginning of the 20th-century, damask weaving mills commissioned artists to create artistic designs. From then on we can follow the process from the first sketch to the final fabric.
Creating contemporary damask
Today, the TextielMuseum commissions designers to create contemporary damasks collections that are woven in our TextielLab. The creative- and development process is recorded and stored in the museum’s collection, together with the final results. In ‘Damask design’, we open up our archives and show these design- and development processes. A unique story because of the appealing designers, the intriguing history, the artistic and technical innovations and the endless possibilities of the weaving technique.