Salonline 2020-04-12 Wendel Swan “Color, Color COLOR!!”

Sunday April 12, 2020

Wendel Swan

in a PowerPoint Presentation…

Color, Color, COLOR!
Color Theory for Oriental Rug Enthusiasts

Continuing our Emerson Avenue Salonline series, Wendel Swan, a very highly regarded expert in his field (and for twenty years a regular Salon attendee) will give us a slide presentation analyzing the context of color theory and why some rugs and textiles appeal to us more than others in the context of color theory.

Color theory is the science and art of using color based upon how humans perceive color.  There is clear evidence that the concept was understood and used in weaving textiles at least 2,000 years ago, but Leonardo da Vinci’s notes contain the first writings on the subject.

Oriental rug and textile enthusiasts often repeat the mantra “color, color, color” when asked what is most appealing about what they collect or admire.  Some may proclaim a preference for certain individual colors or for colors produced from natural dyes, but few appreciate how complex the issue of “color” can be.

Referencing several principles of color theory, Wendel will demonstrate how the selection and juxtaposition of colors in textiles or other art forms may lead us to perceive colors in ways that are entirely different than we might have imagined.

Because this salon depends upon images, attendees should view the presentation by sitting fairly close to the largest monitor or screen available.


Wendel Swan serves on the Board of Trustees at The Textile Museum at George Washington University and is Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Conference on Oriental Carpets, which has been conducting conferences, seminars and tours in the US and Europe since 1976. Wendel has collected rugs and textiles from various regions of the world since the late 1960’s and has lectured at various rug societies, conferences and museums throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

How To Watch

This presentation was a Zoom online meeting with a simultaneous, live, YouTube broadcast. You can watch a recording of this presentation at the following link:

Watch the Salonline on YouTube