SHOP Cooper Hewitt is proud to offer Maharam's line of Alexander Girard rugs. Orders will be shipped free of charge, directly from Maharam. PAverage lead time is 3 weeks for processing and delivery. Only available for customers in the United States. Drop ship orders are not returnable or refundable and are not eligible for certain promotional discounts.
During their 2016 visit to Cooper Hewitt’s archives, Girard Studio and Maharam uncovered Check, Steps, and Plus, watercolor sketches for printed napkins designed for the restaurant La Fonda del Sol.
Flat geometric forms in pure colors are emblematic of Girard’s interest in universal shapes and symbols used across time and cultures. Each of the Girard rugs by Maharam is offered in three colorways carefully matched to the original artwork or based on specific color pairings from Girard’s body of work.
The rugs are woven by highly skilled, independent artisans through an environmentally and socially responsible resource in India. They offer warmth and personality in the variation of yarn dyeing and motifs inlaid by hand.
Trained as an architect but proficient in nearly all design disciplines, Alexander Girard (1907-1993, United States) had a profound impact on 20th century visual culture. As founding director of Herman Miller's textile division from its formation in 1952 until 1973, Girard generated more than 300 patterns from his outpost in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Reflecting his love of international folk art and unhampered by contemporary dictums of style and taste, Girard explored wildly different approaches to color, form, pattern, and construction. The resulting body of work is staggering not only in sheer volume and creativity, but due to its fundamental qualities of beauty and usefulness, remains relevant today.
Maharam is the recipient of the 2007 National Design Award for Design Patron.