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Nominee Benjamin Button's Nolan House Carpets

 

Golden Globe and Academy Award Nominee "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchette: 

"Benjamin Button" Nolan House Rugs

 

NOLA The Nolan House as seen in Benjamin Button

 

 

NOLA Nolan House InteriorIn the Garden District of New Orleans, Louisiana sits a beautiful house built in 1832, then expanded in 1872 and again in 1907. While it has been a beautiful structure from the very beginning, The Nolan House is now know world wide thanks to the 2008 film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." The Nolan Family generously and proudly opened their doors to the film and its crew, and understandbly so: their "simple home" became a fixture and, as some say, a supporting character. We were interested to find that not only was the structure beautiful, but the furnishings as well (namely the carpets of course). Below we look at a couple of the Nolan House pieces.

 

Below: The carpet shown here is not atypical of Peking-style carpets that would have been produced in China around 1900. These were perhaps the first "oriental" carpets that most in the industry would accept as mass-production of rugs for a specific consumer-driven market/export. While many call these carpets "art deco," the reality is Peking-style carpets (such as below) were actually predecessors to Deco. Peking-style carpets are easily identifiable by the following: the use of different satuaration levels of indigo blue, an "open back" construction, and the use of symbolism. PS- HGTV "Dream Home GiveAway" featured a similar Peking-style carpet in 2009's give away (don't forget to register!).


NOLA Nolan House Chinese Peking Design

 

Below: What appears to be an antique Kerman style design with medallion. It is not uncommon for Kerman carpets of the early 1900s, or before, to feature large corner spandrels, often the edges of  which converge along the length of the rug creating a diamond-shaped field and accentuates the medallion. 

NOLA's Nolan House Carpet with Medallion

 

To view a video interview of Ted Nolan's Family home, and find out how it came to be in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

Video: Benjamin Button house in New Orleans

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