Photographs of Carpets and Rugs Loaned

Scope and Content

During the early part of the 20th century, the Chief Designer borrowed carpets from companies such as Wylie & Lockhead, Glasgow. Carpets were traced by juniors onto heavy oil tracing cloth, painted in Gouache paint then photographed. Time was also spent at the V&A researching and sketching designs. These volumes include B&W photographs of the carpets and details about their owners. Specifically they record from whom or which company the carpet has been loaned, its size, the date, and if a copy or sample had been made. In the case of the latter the colours are also listed. The first three are titled: 'Bk No. 1'; 'Bk No. 2'; and 'Bk No. 3'. The run of dates for the volumes are: c1900-1911; 1911-1915; 1915-1923; and 1923-1928. The final volume (STOD/201/1/5/5) is only partially filled.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

All these volumes are very fragile and need to be handled with great care, a number have broken spines and the majority have loose pages.