Lapchi Classics – Categories of Distinction

June 4, 2010

Lapchi Classic - Alpujara in Tungsten - chair from Hive Modern

To wear the laurels of a “Lapchi Classic”, a design must have an enduring legacy of taste and distinction while retaining an inspiring flexibility for thoughtful customization.

Classic patterns are the backbone of interiors of timeless refinement reflecting substance over passing fancy, and quality over faddish display.

Lapchi Classic - Victoria in Espresso

Lapchi Classics have been divided into two design categories, Classic Formal and Classic Floral. These categories are headings rather than specific pattern histories. They were created to provide a general guide to our growing collection and will stimulate interesting and evocative ideas for each and every design project.

Classic Formal patterns derive from the time-honored beauty of designs from Spain, India, Europe, Japan and China. Collectively, Classic Formal patterns have a reassuring ease of use and familiarity, while being a springboard for transitional or contemporary design schemes. Inspired by antique textiles, architecture, and ancient porcelain, these carpet patterns distill all that is balanced and refined in the old world, while offering fresh perspectives for the contemporary interior.

As a group, these inspirations span from crisp striping, to filigree tendrils, to graceful repeats of architectural geometry interlaced with stylized flowers and foliage. With Lapchi’s custom capabilities our core collection of classic patterns deliver authentic, dependable design flexibility for almost any interior application. Lapchi Classic patterns answer to form, function, and detail in the best possible style.

Lapchi Classic Formals - Sash, Kutch, Hodsdon Stripe, Renaissance

Classic Floral patterns, with all their nuanced meanings and associations, permeate our natural world with beauty and history, and our interiors with charm and luscious color. Because of the magically perennial quality of flowers in our lives, antique patterns can bloom anew in “up to the moment” interiors, as well as in romantic decor evocative of another time. The Classic Floral bouquet is composed of patterns from eighteenth century Europe’s gilded salons, Moorish Spain’s secluded fountains and the marbled domes of Shah Jahans’ Taj Mahal.  Lapchi Classic Floral patterns await your inspired arrangement.

Lapchi Classic Florals - Palampore, Broad Leaf, Floral Spray, Zarina

Lapchi’s Satori – Enlightening

June 3, 2010

Lapchi's Satori - Extraordinary in Agean Green

Adapted from an 18th c. painted silk textile, Lapchi’s Satori reflects the western world’s fascination in the 1700’s with the cultures of Japan, China, and the fabled Coromandel Coast of southeast India.

With its blossom filled tendrils capturing all manner of flowers on a single stem, Lapchi’s “Satori” is a cultural hybrid, one part European rococo to one part Eastern “tree of life”. With the addition of an elegant border from an 18th century “polonaise” over-skirt, Satori represents not just a botanical frivolity but also an enclosed garden of Asia, a “heaven on earth”. The word “Satori” is the Japanese Buddhist term for the illuminating moment of enlightened awareness, when the true nature of existence is revealed and there is no separation between self and the universe.

Interior replete with Chintz

The lure of the “East” changed the perception of the decorative arts for Europeans.  Architecture, interior decoration and textiles all became tinged with the glow of the imagined “Orient”. Soon it was chic to sip tea from porcelain cups, in rooms of curious Chinese wallpapers while clad in silks blooming with huge flowers and insects not found in one’s own garden. Charming and exuberant, the new style trumped dreary facts in favor of the frivolous and fantastical. The new “chinoiserie”, a fanciful and impressionistic pastiche of Asian esthetics, enthusiastically frosted every available surface with a riot of rococo charm.

Madame de Pompadour - National Gallery in London

India and China produced silks hand painted in glowing floral patterns similar to Satori, each yard of silk a complete work of art. Painted silks became essential for the opulent clothing and home furnishings of the royal courts and the fashion conscious beau monde.  So popular were these painted and blocked chintzes, that European industry forced restrictions and tariffs on all imports in an effort to protect local industries – to no avail.  Fashion conquered all, and patterns like Satori proved irresistible.  One of the most powerful women in Europe of the time, Madame de Pompadour, Louis the XV’s trend setting mistress, commissioned a portrait by the artist Francois-Herbert Drouais while posing in a silk gown painted “a la Satori”. The beautiful portrait of Madame de Pompadour hangs in the National Gallery in London.

Flower Power for Everyone

The western world would playfully reinterpret the indigenous patterns of precious eastern textiles for themselves, thus starting a mirror game of design and adaptation between cultures. The result is a vast library of elegant patterns, and refined taste that has endured for hundreds of years.

Lapchi’s Satori will bloom in an aesthetic state of grace while covering the floors of those who appreciate and cultivate beauty’s truest meaning.

Lapchi's Satori - Agean Green, Wheat, Range Brown - 150 knot, 35% silk

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