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Friday, July 13, 2012

Vintage Rugs

Antique rugs are known as the lovely Kashans, Kermans, and Oushaks that are so legendary in traditional decor, but in this world of thick pile and intricate weaving, vintage rugs reign supreme in the world of contemporary design.  The time span to constitute a vintage rug is generally twentieth century, from the time of Art Deco to the 1970’s, and they can generally be divided into three main categories: Moroccan, Scandinavian, and the aforementioned Art Deco.  Of course there are vintage rugs which don’t fall under any of those three categories, but for the purposes of this blog post, those are the three categories. 

            Moroccan rugs have been similarly designed and produced for hundreds of years.  The styles differ as each region—stretching from the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to the coastal city of Rabat—have their own distinctive styles.  The traditional designs of the Berbers and other Moroccan weavers appealed to mid-century modernists for their bright colors or neutral tones, simple design, and rustically abstract appearance.  Moroccan rugs were popularized by the likes of Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, and Arne Jacobson. 

Vintage Moroccan Rug

            Like Moroccan rugs, Scandinavian rugs also have a long history of traditional design, dating back to at least the sixteenth century.  They are distinct with solid colors and geometric shapes, though in the twentieth century, the designs became more colorful and abstract, yet still nods to the northern weaving tradition.  Marta Maas Fjatterstorm was perhaps the most prolific mid-century Swedish weaver, leaving behind extraordinary creations that are highly valued and sought after today. 

Vintage Swedish Rug

            The Art Deco movement spanned from the Roaring Twenties, through the Great Depression, and to the brink of the Second World War.  It is one of the most definitive styles of vintage rugs, encompassing a large umbrella of styles, origins, and techniques.  During this time, carpet design transitioned from traditional millefleurs and allover floral designs to more angular and abstract styles, whilst maintaining elegance.  

Vintage Art Deco Rug

Friday, May 11, 2012

Did Moroccan Rugs Inspired Jackson Pollock?

Did Moroccan Rugs Inspired Jackson Pollock?

Over the years there have been many artists that changed the way we look at the world and art. The same can be said about antique and vintage rugs with one significant difference...

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Jackson Pollock Painting
Jackson Pollock Painting


Moroccan Rug Or Jackson Pollock Painting
Moroccan Rug Or Jackson Pollock Painting?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Buy Antique & Vintage Rugs To Help Save The Environment

Interior design - Decorating with antiques to save the environment
Eco Friendly Rugs
Eco Friendly Moroccan Rugs
The use of antique and prayer rugs and textiles gives a home owner the opportunity to introduce a flare of sophistication to their personal space. By decorating with antiques, a homebuyer or decorator can rest assure that they are not only adding style and personality to their home, but are also doing their part towards living a greener life. Antiques, especially rare and antique textiles, provide their owner with the quality of yesterday that continues to withstand the daily use of today.

Most decorating items that are manufactured today, are not regulated by laws such as eco-conscious practices. In turn, this leads to a negative impact on our environment and jeopardizes our environment for generations to come. By decorating with antiques, you can rest assure that your rare items are being reused in the most efficient way possible. This decreases our carbon footprint dramatically because new items are not being created in nonregulated factories.

Buyers can not denying the quality that comes with antique oriental rugs and vintage rugs (as an example). Manufacturers were definitely held to a higher standard in the past. This is why rare textiles continue to be very sought after decorating items. By breathing life back into an antique rug, you're able to show off your personality and creativity with a one-of-a-kind item while being confident of its eco-conscious sources.

By purchasing antique textiles, you are able to decrease the need for both the new and raw materials that would otherwise be used to create a new piece. In turn, this also helps to reduce the impact that manufacturing has on our environment and the ozone layer. This direct correlation between manufacturers and the ozone layer stems from unsafe manufacturing which emits harsh and dangerous toxins into our atmosphere. As a buyer of rare and antique pieces, you are doing your part to make sure that this danger is avoided.

Antique items are very beneficial to their collectors because they have already done their offgassing because of their age. This ensures that your collector’s piece will not have any impact on your indoor air quality. New items often admit unknown gases and substances into the air without the buyer's knowledge. This creates an unsafe level of air quality and any home or workplace, which has the potential to negatively affect people as well as pets that share the space.

It is a big misconception that newer items are considered to be better when decorating. The purchase of antique and rare items not only gives you a peace of mind when it comes to leading a healthier eco friendly and greener life, but they also provide a much-needed personality boost to your space. This sophisticated and worldly characteristic is very hard to come by in new items.