In the immediate postwar period, the American art market experienced an unprecedented boom. Surplus consumer funds (a result of wartime deprivations) translated into increased spending on luxury goods, including art; auction sales reached new highs and gallery purchases surged. On a parallel track, spending on home decor and fashion rose as demand for fresh interior schemes and casual sportswear increased. Isolated from Europe, American textile firms thrived during the war. In 1951, the New York-based Associated American Artists Gallery (founded in 1934 to promote affordable artworks) commenced their first foray into “art by the yard” with Riverdale Fabrics: AAA designs were printed on furnishing-weight cottons, copyrighted, and “signed.”
The debut collection in 1952 collection included the Belgian-American painter George Schreiber's (1904-1977) dynamic Country Rhythm, which is one of the most uniquely non-figurative patterns in the AAA textile portfolio, and shows the artist's transition from the American Scene to abstraction. The print is a pattern of abstracted geometric polygons in rich hues of green, teal, yellow, red, pink, orange, black, and gray outlined in black, creating an almost painterly stained glass effect.