Modern Contemporary Rugs
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Design of Contemporary Rugs and Carpets
Doris Leslie Blau offers our clients looking for Contemporary rugs and carpets, a unique opportunity to make their own individual statement with a carpet or rug that is truly their own and truly one of a kind. Known around the world as one of the most elite dealers in antique and vintage carpets, Doris Leslie Blau also offers a wide variety of new designer carpets and rugs designed by renowned designers and architects. And for those looking for the ultimate in personal statements, we offer bespoke carpets custom-made to your specifications that are limited only by your imagination.
Contemporary rugs can be inspired by vintage rugs or by relevant works of art but executed with a more modern twist, either in design or color palette. Many of our contemporary rugs were designed by top designers and architects exclusive to the Doris Leslie Blau Gallery. Contemporary rugs are the perfect complement to homes with both modern and antique rugs and carpets. We produce new rugs inspired by antique carpets that feature timeless designs. We stock rugs in various sizes from 7 x 10 to 17 x 27. As the current market leader, we have been a major supplier of custom and contemporary rugs for nearly a decade. Within this segment our main focus has been to offer our clientele the most beautiful and comprehensive selection of unique and eco-friendly rug options. Whether you are in search of an Italian-garden inspired pattern, a twist on an 18th century design, a sophisticated modern design, or a playful interpretation to match a quirky color scheme, we are confident in our ability to find the rug to capture the personality of your room.
Our exclusive modern contemporary carpet collection consists of various designs and weaving techniques. Doris Leslie Blau is known for outstanding quality and unique designs. We offer silk, wool, cotton and other natural fibers in various weaves. The modern contemporary custom hand-knotted carpet designs can be produced in cut pile, looped, high & low piles, Moroccans weaves, shags, and various types of flat woven rugs.
Freedom of choice in Modern Contemporary Rugs
Starting from this base, clients can choose colors and/or modify design elements to suit their color story or to incorporate important design elements from other room furnishings or architectural details. When designing a custom rug the client has complete freedom to personalize the rug by changing the color, size, shape, design, material, or technique to suit their needs. We have an extensive array of designs that can be customized or we can utilize any patterns or colors presented to us to create a truly unique contemporary rug. For this service we work with our clients every step of the way, from creating color-matching dyes to producing samples of the designs. For those seeking the highest level of personalization, our clients can provide DLB with their own design to be custom-made. In producing a truly bespoke carpet, we encourage our clients to collaborate with us as part of our team. Our designers, textile artists and factories will locate the correct fibers and techniques to realize the design patterns of your choice. Chosen with the utmost care our custom artisan rugs are made to celebrate the beauty and integrity of natural materials and are individually crafted to the highest standards.
There is no limit to what we offer our clients in pursuit of the perfect foundation for each room. If you can dream it, we can make it a reality.
The Fascinating Origins of Modern Rugs
Modern rugs are a broad and absolutely intriguing category which has been continuously developing since the first half of the 20th century and today is one of the most celebrated, intriguing and desired group of floor coverings. Contemporary textiles stem from the work of renowned artists and painters such as Picasso, Miro, Mondrian, Pollock, as well as textile designers like Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom, Barbro Nilsson, Judith Johansson, William Morris, Sigvard Bernadotte or Josef Frank, who changed the face of not only carpet industry but also the art world in general.
It all begins with Modernism – a philosophical movement that, along with cultural trends and changes, arose from wide-scale and far-reaching transformations in Western society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Modern art is strongly associated with the notion of modernism in philosophy and the phenomenon of the avant-garde. The term “modern art” in its pure form was first used by Joris-Karl Huysmans in 1883. The scope of the notion of modern art is connected with new concepts of art and masterpiece which widely draw from the language of art, artistic experimentation, the use of new techniques and materials, deep faith in the relationships of culture and technology, and above all with the idea of progress (linear development of art and history). Modernist art is based on the ideas of the Enlightenment, i.e. on rationalism, liberalism and the already mentioned idea of progress.
Modern rugs originate from various early 20th-century weaving styles. The vintage Art Deco carpets of France, China or America are one of the paramount examples of early modernism in textile design. Art déco was characterized by classicization of geometry and the desire to synthesize the forms. Its main goal was the search for beauty as a function of the object and the clarity of the message in graphics or painting. Vivid and bright colors known from Art Deco rugs were inherited from Fauvism. Since Art Deco, a vast group of modern rugs has even further moved away from figurative representation, relying heavily on the simplicity and purity of the form, emphasizing the importance of texture and thus expressing the maximum of content using the most modest means.
Scandinavian Modern Rugs
Scandinavian design also widely contributed to the revolution in rug aesthetics. The northern philosophy of the early 20th-century assumed that utilitarian objects should be affordable, beautiful and functional in equal measure. Therefore, artists from Sweden, Norway or Denmark begun building upon the power of simplicity to achieve the goal of pro-social designs, deeply embedded in Scandinavian tradition. The results were absolutely fabulous and the unfading fame of Scandinavian flat-woven carpets continues to this day.
Today, textile designers focus mostly on pro-environmental, nature-related projects which are both mesmerizing and responsible towards our planet. Artists like the renowned Eskayel group make sure that their works do not harm the natural environment which they take major inspirations from. Abstract forms, erratic dots resembling the Rorschach test, or imaginative applications of colors are in fact the reflection of the surrounding world. The light flickering on the surface of ocean waters, the shadows casted by tropical plants, or the formation of rocks and entire continents that have been slowly crafted by the wind and tectonic movements over billions of years – all these wonders in constant motion, ever-changing and taking on new shapes are the greatest muse of contemporary designers.
Modern rugs have numerous faces, from traditional-inspired patterns through abstract forms to minimalistic and geometric designs. They constitute a fascinating bridge between the antiquity and contemporaneity, combining the ancient, centuries-old craft with up-to-date ideas and progressive aesthetic thought. The quality of modern rugs purchased through trusted dealers does not differ at all from the one of antique and vintage carpets. It is important for the buyer to be sure that the given piece was expertly hand-knotted of the finest materials dyed with natural dyes, like wool, silk, hemp, banana silk, metal threads or cotton, in accordance with old and refined techniques by a skilled artisan, not machine-made of synthetic components in mass production. Due to such thorough execution, any modern rug will be able to serve its owners for generations without any signs of blemish or wear, at the same time being adjusted to a contemporary interior arrangement.
Moreover, modern rugs give us a chance of customizing – something impossible in case of antique and vintage floor coverings. Bespoke contemporary carpets have a chance to be adjusted to anyone’s needs and liking in terms of design, shape, size and materials, resulting in ideally tailored, absolutely perfect floor coverings.
An Exceptional Collection of Modern Contemporary Rugs and Carpets for Sale
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