Carl Apfel

RIP Carl Apfel.

The New York Times has reported that textile titan, Carl Apfel, passed away August 1, 2015 just short of his 101st birthday. Carl Apfel, along with his wife, style-icon Iris Apfel, began their prestigious textile company, Old World Weavers, in the 1950’s.

 Iris and Carl traveled to far-flung places together — to Turkey, Morocco, Lebanon — Carl always with a camera in hand. “Carl and I, from the time we married, we did everything together,” Iris says. “We worked together, we traveled together, we lived together — until just recently, I never went anywhere without him.”

Old World Weavers took off, and soon they had provided fabrics for the State Department, the White House and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; they worked with everyone from Greta Garbo to Jackie Kennedy

Iris and Carl, their life, love and style were featured in noted filmmaker Albert Maysles’ documentary, Iris.

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