CRAFTED: RUGS FROM THE AMADI COLLECTION & ARCHITECTURAL POTTERY
March 17 – April 24, 2016
Curated by Zubair Ahmadi and Joe Baker
Founded by Max and Rita Lawrence in 1950 with designers La Gordo Tackett, John Folis and Rex Goode, Manhattan Beach-based Architectural Pottery revolutionized California Ceramics by introducing clean geometries and a notable lack of ornament.
“Radical for their time, their pure forms—cylinders, cones, bullets, gourds, and totems—startled the eye in 1950s America, where fat-lipped terra-cotta pots had been the standard for generations.” —Los Angeles Times
Based in West Hollywood and Kabul, Afghanistan, the Ahmadi family has crafted traditional and innovative designs for three generations, using traditional looms and materials, and specializes in the restoration of historic textiles. The Amadi Collection presents fine historic works spanning the globe, from Native American rugs to fine examples of Moroccan, Persian Sultanabad, Indian Agras, Mogul and Ottoman textiles.