Liberty of London…and New York and Houston…

March 18, 2010

I visited Target recently to check out their Liberty of London merchandise. Wow, neat stuff! Liberty, a world-famous department store, first opened its’ doors on May 15, 1875. Through the guidance of founder Arthur Lasenby Liberty, the store became known for beautiful textiles; bold floral prints in particular. No doubt Liberty had an eye for textile design but he also had an eye for antiques. The antique embroideries and rugs Liberty found were purchased by what is now the Victoria and Albert Museum as early as 1877. Liberty also organized special exhibitions of antique embroideries from all over the world along with an exhibition of ancient lace and another of antique prayer rugs from Eastern palaces. To read more about this and other details of Liberty’s life go to http://www.acfc.co.uk. You can also visit the department store via their website at http://www.liberty.co.uk .

Note: Photograph courtesy of Liberty of London website.

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