We all come across the work of Paule Marrot from time to time, but very few of us can identify her by name. Marrot was an engraver, painter, and textile designer working in early-to-mid 20th-century France. She began her craft by hand-painting floral fabrics and evolved through her career to create more abstract patterns.
Marrot is often considered part of the Art Deco movement because her works feature a soft geometry and borrow from the undulating forms she found in nature. She mingled with all the contemporary artists doing Art Deco in 1930s Paris, taking inspiration from the painters and the writer Marcel Proust.
Everyone from sneaker giant Nike to handbag designers Hayden-Harnett have used Marrot's patterns in their textiles. Now prints of her work are available to the trade at Natural Curiosities, as well as at Anthropologie. Brunschwig & Fils offers her designs in fabric and wallpaper.