Mathieu Mategot, a prolific French textile and furniture designer of the 1960s belongs to this category. He designed hundreds of hand-woven Aubusson tapestries, but only managed to create a small collection of between six to ten carpet designs. These designs had to naturally work within the constraints and requirements of the floor, rather than the wall and are therefore completely different from his wall-hanging works. The majority of the 'tapestry cartoonists' of the time, rarely managed this feat. For example, Jean Lurcat, Maurice Andre, Fumeron and Saint-Saens failed to express the new decorative style of the 1960s, and so were therefore much criticised at the time.
Mathieu Mategot's largest rug, 265cm x 370cm, 1960s. Reproduced with the agreement of the owner
The end result is that his work is original, structured and innovative, but despite this, the large rug shown here could not find a buyer in a sale at Cornette de St Cyr on March 16, 2009, Lot 92, and even failed to find one on ebay.fr last month, despite an initial bid of 2000 Euros.
Market judgements can sometimes be disappointing, that is why I carry on studying and writing.