1stdibs Features Mae Festa’s Worldly Collection of Textile Treasures

Available online and at its NYDC showroom November 8, 1stdibs reveals interior designer Mae Festa’s precious fabric findings from around the globe


The decadent and diverse textile collection of New Haven-based interior designer Mae Festa will be on display through December 18 at 1stdibs’ NYDC gallery. The selling exhibition, titled “Treasured Weavings: The Extraordinary Textile Collection of Mae Festa” marks both the first time the public will be able to see her rare collection, and 1stdibs’ first textile collection for sale.

Nearly 70 eye-catching weavings from the designer’s 250-piece collection are up for grabs. Festa curated the fabrics over 50 years from her travels to Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas, dating from Ancient Rome to the 20th-century. Highlights from the show include a 17th/18th-century European mending bag front, an 18th-century Tibetan ritual cloth with embroidery on a deep-blue damask ground, a 19th-century Buddhist Monk’s cape in pieced gold silk damask, and a minimalistic Inca tunic panel from the 15th/16th-century.


The entire collection currently hangs throughout the modernist home in New Haven she shares with her husband, architect Gene Festa. The textiles represent the unparalleled collector’s eye of the designer, whose perspective was shaped more by modern design than history. Festa’s career highlights include collaborating with architects at Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Assoicates on the interior design of their projects, most notably for New York City’s U.N. Plaza Hotel and Towers in the late ’70s.

Treasured Weavings: The Extraordinary Collection of Mae Festa, available November 8, Presented by 1stdibs and Peter Pap Oriental Rugs, Curated by Dewitt Mallary, 1stdibs Gallery, 10th Floor, NYDC, 646-293-6633, 1stdibs.com.