Area Rugs: The Next Big Thing In Art And High Fashion

Rug Fashion

It’s not like we really think that a bunch of international fashion superstars were reading the Rugs USA blog the other day and decided to take our advice…

…but they totally did!!!

We were just joking (well, mostly) when we suggested that Vera Wang drape her runway with our area rugs, since her recent styles corresponded so nicely with our own latest rug designs.

But obviously, Burberry, Valentino, and a few of our other pals from the fashion world decided to take our awesome idea and run with it. No thanks needed, guys – imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

January’s fashion shows have been absolutely chock full of area rugs, both draped on runways and worked into the fashion itself.

Burberry just introduced new carpet bags that make rugs into the must-have fashion accessory of the season.

Meanwhile, shoe designer Bruno Frisoni incorporated big weave patterns into his new line of footwear, which will make finding shoes to match those Burberry carpet bags much easier.

For fashion designers who couldn’t find a way to work area rugs into their line-up, rugs set the ambience for their shows. British designer Paul Smith actually held one show in a London Oriental rug shop, and then covered the floor at his Paris show with rugs for the same effect. Frisoni’s shoes were set off by floor coverings reminiscent of Persian rugs. And at the Valentino’s men’s show, rugs covered the runway.

Now, we don’t like to brag…well, okay, yes we do…but where else could this sudden rug craze have come from, if not from a well-timed peek at our blog?

The Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris was apparently checking out our website, as well, because they just recently wrapped up an exhibition titled, “Decorum: Carpets and Tapestries By Artists.”

They had some seriously cool stuff, like rugs woven by greats such as Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon. Did you even know they had made rugs? We sure didn’t. And we’re rug people!

Rather than being high fashion, though, the textiles on display in Paris conveyed messages to the viewing public. Many of the rugs’ makers were anonymous, a fact which spoke to the utilitarian aspect of their natures, as well as the fact that rug-making and rug design weren’t really thought of as arts until the 20th century. That’s when the European avant-garde began to embrace textile art as a means of religious and political expression.

Numerous artists became a part of the Neo-Craft movement at that time, in which those whose usual area of work was in painting or some other “fine art” medium tried their hands at making crafts or decorative arts. Some wove the textiles themselves, while others relegated the actual fabrication of their works to others, but all saw their work as a way to communicate a deeper meaning to those who viewed it.

So, to sum up what we’ve learned here today, area rugs are such works of art that even Picasso felt inspired to design a few; cultured Parisians just spent the past few weeks oohing and aahing over a museum full of area rugs; area rugs are now the preferred floor covering for runways from London to Paris; and high fashion has now embraced area rugs as a worthy source of inspiration for clothing and accessories.

We just have one thing to say about all this.

You’re welcome.