The Future of Rugs
Rugs and architecture share many common characteristics. Both can function as definer or obscurer of space. Both can convey warmth and both express an aesthetic. But unlike the intrinsic complexity of architecture, rugs allow for a faster conceptual experimentation due to their 2-dimensionality and low risk capabilities.
(Garden of Eden Broadloom Carpet by Moooi Carpets) // (Olivia Pavillion in Mexico City 2012, by Angelo Renna & Antonio Minto)
The idea of texture - being able to combine different materials into one piece, has always been appealing to us humans. Much has changed since the first known woven forms used as floor covering in the Neolithic Area. A textile revolution took place when the power loom was invented in 1893, allowing for bigger scale and faster paced production. Materially-speaking, the real revolution is happening today. The ? industry is investigating in new natural fibers, eco-friendly materials, and even embedding digital technologies.
(Power Loom by Erastus Bigelow, 1839) // (Shore rugs, with custom-made silicone cord)
We cannot MUST not forget about the decorative factor inherent to rugs, which reflects the culture and aesthetics of every era. In our contemporary world, rugs have represented very different concepts, from nature (the colorful and geometric ocean-inspired pieces by Edward Fields) to cities (like the ‘Industrial Landscape’ collection from Tom Dixon for Ege, or even the universe itself, (see the Celestial Rug for Moooi).
(Bubbles III by Rita Motta Perez for Tai Ping) // (Industrial Landscape by Tom Dixon, 2016) // (Celestial by Edward van Vliet for Moooi Carpets)
The current trend is moving towards a more abstract approach. Before, arts and crafts were leading ornamental rug design, showcasing intricate patterns and motifs. Today’s rugs are an exercise in graphic design, for example the artist Alex Proba in making her ‘A Poster a Day’ rugs.
(Alex Proba, A Poster a Day Rug Collection)
So, what’s next? If we carry the idea of the abstract to an extreme, we ICRAVERS envision an almost intangible, soft and monochromatic future rug world. The evolving technology will (hopefully) allow rugs to become a second skin, intrinsic to both the human body and architecture itself, an entity which will surround us without even perceiving it. What?! What is the future if it’s not for dreaming up spectacular conceptual rugs?
(Art print Shell Texture by Patterns And Textures) // (Reppin' Malta in London designing stuff, by Jamin Galea) // (Pic from @aestheticvoices) // (no source)