Smyrna Rug

Anni Albers


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Pictured Size
2.45 x 3.05m (8' x 10')

Pictured Weave
Hand Knotted

Handspun wool

About This Rug
Smyrna Rug is based on Anni Albers’s 1925 study for this design

The study was given as gift by the artist to the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Produced in association with the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation


One of the most influential textile artists of the 20th century, Anni Albers began her career at the Bauhaus, where – prevented from studying other disciplines as a woman – she took up weaving under the tutelage of Gunta Stölzl. This kickstarted a lifelong passion for the tactile and aesthetic possibilities of textiles and led her to the US, where she became the first textile artist to be honoured with a show at the Museum of Modern Art – and the most famous weaver of the modern age.