Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Get Inspired at Antiktex
The Textile Museum in Washington D.C. houses a vast collection from all over the globe. I've been wanting to go for a long time now, and I frequently view their online exhibitions and peruse the offerings at the Museum Shop. However, if you don't have time to make the trip to D.C. right now, in the meantime you can view a museum-quality collection of textiles housed right here in mid-town Manhattan. A dear friend sent me the New York Times article "Old Fabrics and New Designs" in which Antiktex Ltd., a textile house with roughly 300,000 different offerings, was featured. The store is located on 38th Street and Avenue of the Americas adjacent to the garment district and a short walk from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Textiles dating from the nineteenth century to the late twentieth make up the vast majority of the collection, which is organized according to pattern. However, it is their selection of exotic textiles from Africa, Japan, and China, among other countries that attract the fashion-world power-players, who according to the Times article frequently peruse the swatch selection that range in price from $100-$200. The collection would appeal to any connoisseur, but is also very appealing to those who are more broadly interested in fashion and interior designer (but not necessarily as well-versed in the art of textiles). It is also undoubtedly one of the best places in the city to get inspired when redecorating your apartment (as I am in the process of doing). Seeing the offerings at Antiktex has gotten me interested in learning more about the field of textiles, so I just ordered this exquisite book Textile Style: Decorating with Antique and Exotic Fabrics from Amazon. I'll let you know how it is. Until then, happy decorating!