Anni Albers (1899 – 1994) is often cited as the foremost textile designer of the twentieth century. Born in Berlin, Anni Albers was a student and teacher at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau (1922-1933) where she met her husband, Josef Albers. A pioneering weaver, printmaker and writer, she reintroduced the open weave into modern fabric design, and used textiles both as a basis of vibrant abstract wall hangings and functional upholstery and drapery materials. In 1933 Anni and Josef Albers left Nazi Germany for the United States. She was the first textile artist to be given a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1949.
Courtesy of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation
Anni Albers, Handknotted, Handtwisted, Loop Rug, Wool and silk, Overall: 120 x 72in. (304.8 x 182.9cm), Courtesy of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, Connecticut Based on Anni Albers, Design for a Tapestry, 1933 (Collection Museum of Modern Art, New York) Fabricated by Christopher Farr Rugs, Los Angeles, 2010