Mallinson's wall-painting design; 1923 "Karnavar" series

Mallinson's wall-painting design; 1923 "Karnavar" series

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A length of printed "Klo-Ka" fabric from H.R. Mallinson's 1923 "Karnavar" series of dress fabrics. A double-woven fabric with two sets of warps and wefts. Wool forms a plain open weave fabric, and the ground upon which the raised geometric patterns are produced by interlacing with silk warp and weft. Allover printed design of Egyptian hieroglyphs and figures of Egyptian tradespeople, as on a wall painting in an Ancient Egyptian tomb. 6 colors Trade name for this double weave fabrication by Mallinson was "Klo-Ka", from the French term cloque. "Karnavar" was the series name, named by combining the Temple of Karnak with the sponsor of the excavation that discovered Tutankhamen's tomb, Lord Carnavon. HR Mallinson was in Egypt when Tut's tomb was opened, and visited the site by invitation. He wrote a lengthy telegram back to his firm, which was published in the NY Times and helped set off the Tutmania craze for Egyptian motifs.
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Object Name
fabric length
Date made
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silk, wool (overall material)
cream ground (overall color)
double-woven pocket weave; jacquard; printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 40 in; 91.44 cm x 101.6 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
American Silk Industry
Migel-Mallinson Silks
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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