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