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Glade-Wright, Robyn 2000 , 'Axminster carpet : visual design strategies for appearance retention', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This project demonstrates how the functional life of wall-to-wall carpet can be
extended through the visual design process. The judicious selection of visual design
strategies and the way they are integrated into the woven surface has the capability of
retaining vibrancy and a fresh appearance in Axminster wall-to-wall carpet In
carrying out this research I have studied and then exploited the historical and
contemporary languages of design, including: pattern structure, illusion of depth, the
psychological and physiological influence of colour and the characteristics of optical
colour mixing. The carpet prototypes illustrating the research outcomes have been
specifically designed for the high foot-traffic demands of today's hospitality and
leisure industries.
In developing the outcomes of my research I have investigated historical precedents
which have significantly contributed to present-day wall-to-wall carpet design. This
includes the appropriation of central and western Asian cultural motifs by English
weavers in the 16th century, the influence of fashion on carpet from the Neo-Classic
period, the adoption of flat-coloured woven surfaces in Modernism and the influence
of Postmodernism on interior architecture. The project also shows how forgotten
design techniques such as those employed in Mamluk carpets can be applied in
contemporary wall-to-wall carpet designs.
While the research addresses the specific functional requirements of the hospitality and
leisure industries, it also seeks to imbue the carpet prototypes with a sense of time and
place by integrating imagery from Australia's natural environment and cultural
heritage. In doing this my research demonstrates how the surface of wall-to-wall
carpet can be a significant medium in articulating expressions of contemporary cultural

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Glade-Wright, Robyn
Keywords: Carpets, Color in design
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Thesis (MFA)--University of Tasmania, 2001. Includes bibliographical references

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