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European Carpets

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This lecture course familiarizes students with the various types of carpets produced in Europe from the 15th to the mid-19th century—particularly in Spain, France, and England—as well as in the United States. It examines the design idioms of different historical periods along with carpet-weaving techniques and characteristic carpet structures. Students are encouraged to take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the use and production of carpets and to explore the social and cultural context of floor coverings. Carpets are studied as icons of the material culture of diverse periods, countries, and levels of society. Integrating the various aspects of carpet design, production, and use also enables students to determine appropriate floor coverings for historic houses and museum period rooms. Classroom discussion is supplemented by examination of carpets in museums and galleries. 3 credits.