Rugs Imitating Art

There is a fine line between fine art and kitch. Take a look at these area rugs that explore that division. Here we see some famous works of art that have been altered and produced for mass consumption. These kitch-ified pieces are used in everyday living spaces and contain a spark of the complex, high art they resemble.


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Mondrian was a Dutch painter most known for his neoplasticism paintings like the one on the right(Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, 1930). These paintings are nonrepresentational and full of abstracted form and color. You might notice that there is nothing complicated in this work. That is because any complexity is removed, leaving a simple canvas, divided into several different, rectangular sections using an extremely limited color pallet. The Surya rug, on the left, takes it’s cue directly from Mondrians style and the simple design will accent minimalist design schemes.


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Robert Indiana first designed the Love image on the right for use on a Christmas card in 1964. Since then it has been appropriated for many different projects including the statue. It is no surprise that the designers at nuLoom would use this tried and true design for the inspiration of one of their rugs.  Designing using text has become commonplace with interior designers and this is no exception.


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Picasso is one of the most renown artist of his time. He is known for many different styles of work, but perhaps his most treasured style is cubism. Cubism is an abstracting technique that can show many sides of an object at once, on a two dimensional plane. This can create the iconic images of a face, seemingly out of order that many have come to enjoy. This technique can be applied to any object as seen above in ‘Factory, Horta de Ebbo’, created in 1909. The designers at Nourison dabbled a bit with cubism too, as seen in the rug above and to the left.


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Jackson Pollock is well known for his paintings that exemplify gestural content: throwing paint on canvas. His paintings may have a casual nature that at times can seem careless as footprints are in the paintings and even sometimes a dropped cigarette that falls into the paint. In the photo above, Pollock stands in front of Number 9A (Summertime). Below you can see the work in its entirety.  The rugs influenced by this design are whimsical and carefree. They work nicely with eclectic design schemes.



Though these four rugs and the artwork that inspired them will give you an idea of where some designers get ideas, it is important to note that designer ideas come from everywhere. And everyone is a designer in their own home.



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