We in the IMA Archives have started to photograph the textile samples in the Miller House and Garden Collection. The samples were organized according to room by Alexander Girard. Most samples have a color-coded card stapled to them and written on each card are an alphanumeric code to indicate where in a room the textile will be used and Girard’s item number.
The samples today are for the Den or TV Sitting room (#4). Item 53 (for 4-C) is a Khari printed mull used for the curtain to divide the Den from the Living Room; it was acquired from Cottage and Small Scale Indus. Sales Depot in Bombay (now Mumbai), India. Item 73 is a hand-woven fabric designed by Jack Lenor Larsen; it was used to upholstery the Den sofa (4-D2). Item 138 is “Uqah” Siamese silk from Thaibok Fabrics. “Uqah” was specified for the Eames armchair and ottoman (4-E2), but the Millers went with calf skin leather.
Textile sample (11.5 x 11.5 in.) of red and heavy gold stripes on mull from Cottage and Small Scale Indus. Sales Depot (91/67), hand-woven textile sample (11.5 x 11.5 in.) of beige upholstery designed by Jack Lenor Larsen (91/68), and textile sample (9 x 9.5 in.) of ”Uqah” Siamese silk (P-120) from Thaibok Fabrics, Ltd. (91/68), Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_IVm_B091_f067_002, MHG_IVm_B091_f068_001-002)