Girard’s first purchase for the Miller House was the Bessarabian rug (MH2010.11) that still is in the Living Room. This index card is the first of more than 1000 that record Girard’s purchases from the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s. In a September 1954 letter to Irwin Miller, Girard wrote, “As I mentioned to you earlier, my chief concern is to have a good foundation on which to start building your interior furnishings schemes. The best way of achieving this is to try and make decisions on rugs, so I think we probably should concentrate our attention in that direction.”
To learn more about these index cards, Girard’s design process, and his selection of rugs, read this blog post from June 2011: Girard and the Miller House Archives.
Bessarabian rug (Item #1) index card, 35, MIller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. ()MHG_Ic_B035_0001)