Spring has sprung at Langhorne Carpet Company, and the vibrant colors of a new release by author, illustrator, artist, shop owner and designer Alexander Stadler have gone “on loom.” The debut carpet is a brilliant marriage of heritages for Langhorne, a historic Bucks County Wilton Jacquard mill established in 1930, and Stadler, who has designed textiles for Donghia, Jack Lenor Larsen, babyGap and Comme des Garçons.
Stadler and Langhorne’s collaborative carpet features a Mexican-inspired geometric pattern “Josephine.” Josephine is comprised of varying-width stripes interlocking in a motif that pairs gorgeously with slender stairways and hallways of city spaces, naturally designates uses in open-plan lofts, and feels right at home in both Arts & Crafts and contemporary interiors, from “doormat to ballroom,” says Stadler.
Speaking of doormats, smaller rugs will soon be available for individual sale at stadler-Kahn, Alexander Stadler’s renowned Rittenhouse Square shelter boutique in Center City, Philadelphia. Currently, the shop is showing bright and more neutral samples of the pattern for custom orders.
Stadler named the Langhorne-woven carpet design “Josephine” after the late Josephine Albarelli, an art collector and longtime Philadelphia Museum of Art docent. Albarelli compiled a deep variety of vintage striped Mexican textiles when she lived in Mexico City in the mid 20th Century.
Many of these Latin American creations shared a structural weaving system with Jacquard Wilton looms – based on 19th Century models guided by a deck of hand-punched Jacquards (the forerunner of computer punch cards) – that Langhorne workers used to weave carpets for nearly a century. The design is an homage to one of Philadelphia’s most beloved arts patrons.