Braided Rugs: Where Country Cozy Meets Modern Art?

Braided Rugs: Where Country Cozy Meets Modern Art?

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Regina Yunghans
Jun 6, 2014
Square rag rug from Colonial Mills
(Image credit: Colonial Mills)

I never thought that oval, dusty-blue braided rug in my mom's house had anything to do with modern art. But lately, I've been drawn to the concentric squares and rings of braided rugs. They often end up reminding me of the work of Josef Albers, for instance:

'Arrival', by Josef Albers
(Image credit: Galerie Melki)

Or in the case of braided rag rugs, I see the bulls-eye motif of a work entitled Target, by Jasper Johns. There are tons of rugs like this out there — both vintage and new — to be had for a steal. Searching for ones with simple, blocky colorways has become quite the pastime for me as I continue the ongoing hunt for affordable, interesting, natural-fiber rugs to soften the hardwood-floored interior of my home.

Bullseye rag rug, available from Ragged Revival on Etsy
(Image credit: Ragged Revival)
Oil painting by Jasper Johns
(Image credit: Jasper Johns)

What do you think? Do you see the resemblance, or is this too much of a stretch?

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