An icon of German weaving and the Bauhaus is the Bauhaus carpet No. 2 by Gertrud Arndt from 1924, because the single copy produced at that time was found in the office of the Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius in Weimar. This director's office also served as a showroom where works from the various workshops were presented to visitors (see fourth illustration). Walter Gropius' well thought-out architectural spatial composition formed a total work of art of various Bauhaus works; the basis was the square geometry of Gertrud Arndt's carpet. The designer carpets or Drechlse carpet were based on the detailed documentation from the Bauhaus Archive as well as Gertrud Arndt's family records as a source for the re-edition. The Bauhaus Carpet No. 2 consists of 192 hand-knotted specifically arranged squares, the basic colour spectra are different shades of blue and grey, which are broken towards the middle by light and dark yellow squares.
Gertrud Arndt began her studies at the Bauhaus in Weimar in autumn 1923. Actually, she wanted to become an architect, but she was - like many other Bauhaus students - assigned a place to study weaving. There she designed two carpets, one of which was used as a reference in the office of Walter Gropius. After finishing her studies she concentrated on photography. Together with her husband, the Bauhaus student Alfred Arndt, she went to Probstzella in Thuringia in 1927, where her husband was involved as an architect in the construction of the "Haus des Volkes". Two years later, the couple returned to the Bauhaus in Dessau after Alfred Arndt was appointed head of the extension workshop by the Bauhaus director Hannes Meyer in 1929. In Dessau, Gertrud Arndt then created a highly acclaimed series of photographic self-portraits.
100 % pure new wool
Hand knotted in Nepal
Color: Blue, Gray, Yellow
Dimensions: 180 x 240 cm