In composition, Kaleidoscope closely resembles Larsen’s famous design of concentric squares, Magnum. But whereas that design was machine-embroidered around mirror-like squares of Mylar, Kaleidoscope is a durable, hard-wearing upholstery in a technique called epinglé velvet – so named for the wires which are inserted into the shed during the weaving and over which the pile loops are formed. Also sometimes called Wilton looms, they were also used to create carpets. Luxurious touches like a rich palette of many closely related colors and use of both cut and uncut pile keeps this practical fabric sensuous.
- Textile: "Kaleidoscope," 20th century, produced by Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated (USA), linen velvet, Cowtan and Tout Larsen Archive Collection, Gift of Longhouse Reserve, 2016-32-21