Meet Paule Marrot

Meet Paule Marrot

Jun 21st 2023

Paule Marrot, a renowned French artist and textile designer, was born on April 17, 1902, in Bordeaux, France. She gained recognition for her distinctive style characterized by vibrant colors, bold patterns, and a unique sense of elegance.

Marrot's artistic journey began at a young age when she showed a natural talent for drawing and painting. She studied at the École des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, where she honed her skills and developed her own artistic voice. Her early works showcased a fascination with botanical motifs and the natural world, which would become recurring themes throughout her career.

In 1917 apprenticed in engraving and textile printing with Pierre Léon Dusouchet. Marrot became a teacher and was selling some of her original textile designs when she met Raoul Dufy, a Fauvist painter, who in turn introduced her to Paul Poiret, a prominent fashion designer at the time to whom Marrot subsequently sold a dress design — and ultimately fabric for his work.

Marrot's style was distinctive for its simplicity and playfulness. She often incorporated bold geometric shapes, stylized flowers, and whimsical patterns into her designs. Her use of vibrant colors, including her signature shade of blue, added an element of liveliness and joy to her work. In 1932 her work was exhibited in the Salon des Artistes Decorateurs show came to the attention of Jean Schlumberger, an Alsatian textile manufacturer with Manufacture Steiner de Ribeauvillé. Schlumberger became her exclusive printer and a devoted friend for 30 years until his death in 1963. Together they produced over 320 fabric designs and numerous table linens.

Working with Margaret Owen, she established the import of her textiles to the USA. Jacqueline Kennedy subsequently designing a living room around Marrot's Les Tulipes cotton print. From 1953-1965, Marrot consulted with Renault, prioritizing color and fabric coordination for the company and establishing their interior and exterior paint and textile labs. 

Throughout her career, Marrot's work garnered international acclaim. Her designs and artworks were showcased in exhibitions and galleries worldwide, solidifying her position as a prominent figure in the world of art and design.

Paule Marrot continued to create and inspire until her passing on January 25, 1987, leaving behind a rich and influential artistic legacy.