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From Creating Textiles: Makers, Methods, Markets. Proceedings of the Sixth Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, Inc. New York, NY, September 23–26, 1998 (Earleville, MD: Textile Society of America, Inc., 1999).
Marion Dom, (1896-1964) was an American-born designer of both printed and woven furnishing fabrics and of rugs and carpets. Dorothy Todd, writing about Dom in 1932 for the Architectural Review, called her the "architect of floors".
Like many of her contemporaries, Dom's earliest textiles were batiks. She learned to design for industry by participating in the textile contests and classes championed by M.D.C. Crawford and sponsored, in part, by the trade paper Women's Wear.
In 1923 Dom emigrated to England, where she designed on a regular basis for such firms as Warner & Sons and the Wilton Royal Carpet Factory. With the on-set of World War II, Dom moved back to the United States. Her reputation preceded her and Dom was able to secure commissions from Greef, lofa and the carpet manufacturer Edward Fields, among others. For Fields, Dom produced more than 100 designs between 1949 and 1962.
Although she died over 30 years ago, some of Dom' s textiles are still being produced. The carpet she designed for the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House is still in place.