Luddite vs Technology - Galaincha | Image from The Ruggist

Modern Carpet Design | Galaincha

There are no shortages when it comes to the amazing breadth of designs available in modern carpets. From solid colour, to simple geometrics, the florals, flowers, and the abstract, to intricate layered designs, the painterly, and photorealistic, the contemporary well informed carpet consumer does not want for selection or options. And that is solely in reference to readymade carpets, not mentioning those that are made-to-order or bespoke.

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'RUGTHKO' by cc-tapis for 10 by TATZER

‘RUGTHKO’ | cc-tapis

The appreciation of capital ‘A’ Art is rightly very subjective, certainly not without controversy, and most definitely variable with time. What is hot, hot, hot now may be cold, cold, cold as soon as tomorrow. For me, artistic expression – in its various forms – succeeds as Art when disagreement, indifference, and lively spirited conversion dominate the discussion of the objet du jour. Take for example the fantastic irreverent and intellectual conversations presented in Episode Seven (7) of Season Two (2) of Mad Men as they discuss the recent fictional acquisition of the work of Mark Rothko.

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The Couturier of Carpets | Jan Kath on The Ruggist

A Couturier of Carpets | Jan Kath

I’ve long been a proponent of drawing comparisons between the world of fashion and the world of rugs and carpets; the appeal is simply too irresistible. Iconic fashion houses producing the absolute finest articles of couture clothing with degrees of customization that, to be frank, can at times be envious, contrasted against the monotony of prêt-à-porter and the one-size-fits-some downmarket world of fast fashion; if only the French had a more vulgar sounding word to convey the harshness that comes with producing inexpensive commodity quality clothing. Or do they? I digress.

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