Black Needlepoint Rugs Enliven Dolce & Gabbana’s F/W 2012 Fashions

Today’s post completes a three part series on how women’s fashions, architecture and history influence and are in turn influenced by Aubusson rugs and needlepoint rugs. As a designer of the Asmara Decorative Rug Collections I am fascinated by the creative exchange between separate domains. I hope you enjoy our brief excursions to understand the influence of history, architecture and culture on Needlepoint rugs and Aubusson rugs.

Here are links to the two earlier posts: Gold on Black Aubusson Rugs Inspire Fall-Winter 2012 Womens Fashions and Dolce & Gabbana F/W 2012 Fashions Honor Floral Needlepoint Rugs

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The baroque romance of Italy inspired Dolce and Gabbana’s Fall/Winter 2012 and 2013  Collections. The predominance of black background needlepoint rug patterns adds drama to a highly romantic collection. Image coutesy Dolce & Gabbana.

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Colorful needlepoint rug patterns on black backgrounds from the Sicilian Baroque period enlivened Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall/Winter 2012/2013 runway fashion show staged amidst the baroque splendor of Sicily. Image courtesy Vogue Magazine.

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Dolce & Gabbana named Sicilian Baroque architecture as the inspiration for their Barocco Womens Collection.  The Basilica of San Giorgio in Modica, Sicily is a fine example of this heritage. Image courtesy smilingaidenimaging.com.

Sicilian Baroque architecture with its elaborate curves and flourishes, grinning masks and putti has a flamboyance that has given Sicily a unique architectural identity. This style developed over a fifty year period in the 17th and 18th centuries when Sicily was nominally under Spain, but in fact governed by a wealthy and extravagant aristocracy.

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Dolce & Gabbana drew inspiration from Needlepoint rugs, tapestries and oil paintings. Here cherubs and angels appear to come out of a painting. Image courtesy Vogue Magazine.

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The skirt has a black needlepoint rug pattern that could have also been used for a wall tapestry. Image courtesy Vogue Magazine.

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Striped needlepoint floral patterns on a black background were favored for needlepoint rugs in the 19th century. Asmara’s Garden Trellis Needlepoint Rug pictured below is an exciting rendition of this style. Image coutesy Dolce & Gabbana.

Asmara’s black needlepoint rugs are based on original paintings that are inspired by antique English and French needlepoint rugs but have been rendered in a freer style that gives them a modern more sensibility.

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Garden Trellis Needlepoint Rug is handmade in the style of 19th century Berlin needlepoint patterns that very popular with European needlepoint enthusiasts.

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Somerset Needlepoint Rug is handmade from an original painting by Elizabeth Moisan. The border pattern is derived from Roman Mosaics found in North Africa. The field pattern is inspired by English needlepoint rugs from the Elizabethan period. Rug Design Copyright Asmara, Inc.

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Adria BK Oriental Rug.  The exuberant golds, blue and reds on a black background were inspired by Van Gogh paintings. The pattern is inspired by 18th century English rugs made in Axminster by Thomas Whitty. Rug Design Copyright Asmara, Inc.

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Margate BK Needlepoint Rug is handmade from an original painting inspired by an antique French Aubusson rug. Rug Design Copyright Asmara, Inc.

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Mid Summer Night Needlepoint Rug is handmade from an original painting inspired by a painted ceiling in a Tuscan palazzo. Rug Design Copyright Asmara, Inc.

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