Breathtaking and colorful woven wool tapestry handmade in Egypt. Titled "Flowers and Plants." Detailed flora in bright greens, reds, and whites on a variegated blue background with many birds. White cotton fringe on two sides. A testament to the tradition of textile art dominated by women around the world over the centuries. Signed by the weaver "Nagla" (Farouk) and the workshop head "Suzanne Wissa Wassef" for the workshop at The Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Center in Giza, Egypt, Aug. 2000. This piece was created when the artist was 20 years old and she is still an active artist today.
This art center was founded by Ramses Wissa Wassef in order to bring back inspirations - such as the art of Gobelins-style tapestry - he found while being educated and working in France as an architect. He created a space for art and livelihood for his beloved Egypt. All of the dyes are natural and come from the center's garden. This is a Gesamtkunstwerk inspired by Egypt with a touch of the French tradition of tapestry weaving.
These tapestries are highly sought after by collectors of Egyptian folk art the world over and pieces by the Atelier Wissa Wassef are proudly part of the collections at major museums - like the Frank Gehry designed Getty Museum of Los Angeles. This dynamic piece can be juxtaposed to the surroundings of a Gehry building or can find its home gracing the wall above your antique sideboard.
Dimensions are 86 x 46 1/4 inches. Weighs approximately 50 lbs.