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Carpet for the Palais Stoclet, Model “Bellflower”, 1907

Leopold Museum,
Machine-knotted carpet, wool
171×88 cm 86×5 cm


  • Josef Hoffmann

    (Pirnitz/Brtnice 1870–1956 Vienna)

  • Johann Backhausen & Söhne
Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This carpet was designed by the architect and designer Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956) in 1907 for the Palais Stoclet in Brussels. Designed as a Gesamtkunstwerk, or universal work of art, the building is one of the highlights of Viennese Jugendstil. For the design of this carpet, Hoffmann availed himself of an interplay of geometrical forms and floral motifs, such as bellflowers. The machine-knotted carpet was executed by the tradition-steeped company Joh. Backhausen & Söhne which often realized the designs of Viennese Modernist designers and closely collaborated with the Wiener Werkstätte. The rug has a rather cool overall coloring owing to its dominant black and blue hues. The same design was used by Hoffmann for the interior decoration of the Villa Ast and other residences. Famous owners of this carpet model included Gustav Klimt (1862–1918), who used it in his studio on Feldmühlgasse in Vienna’s Hietzing district, and Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918) who had one in his Geneva apartment.

Object data

  • Design: Josef Hoffmann
  • Execution: Johann Backhausen & Söhne
Carpet for the Palais Stoclet, Model “Bellflower”
Art movement
Art Nouveau
Arts and crafts
Machine-knotted carpet, wool
171×88 cm 86×5 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6117
Inventory access
Accession 2017 2018

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Österreichischer Privatbesitz;
Galerie Bel Etage, Wien (o.D.); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2018), (2)

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Wolfgang Bauer, Expertise vom März 2018
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Rechnung Nr. 180111 vom 02.03.2018 und Übernahmeschein vom 27.03.2018

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