Yaacov Agam: Abstract Art on Rugs

Yaacov Agam

Yaacov Agam

Bright colors and optical illusions don’t sound like ideal elements of rug design. But when Yaacov Agam does it, the result is an abstract a masterpiece. The Israeli-born artist has a unmatched talent for transforming colors into tangible works of art. It is an unexpected technique for textiles, but with his genius, it translates beautifully.

Agam's Cele Carnival

Agam’s Cele Carnival

Agam began his career in earnest in 1953, when he pioneered the kinetic art movement. Calling his work a “spectator sport,” he used light, sound and color to explore the illusory realm:

“My intention was to create a work of art which would transcend the visible, which cannot be perceived except in stages, with the understanding that it is a partial revelation and not the perpetuation of the existing. My aim is to show what can be seen within the limits of possibility which exists in the midst of coming into being.”

An accomplished painter, sculptor and experimentalist, his work is in Paris’s Musee National D’Art Moderne and New York’s Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art. Hailed as the highest-selling Israeli artist, he was also awarded the Jan Amos Comenius Medal by UNESCO for his educational outreach.

Despite this international reputation, Agam’s work isn’t exclusive to the world’s art elite. Some of his greatest pieces are arguably his vintage rugs from Nazmiyal. With his signature abstract style enhanced by the tangibility of textiles, they take viewer perceptions – and interior design – to a whole new level.

What do you think of Agam’s rugs? Let us know in the comments below!

Mid-Century Agam Carpet from Israel

Mid-Century Agam Carpet from Israel

Vintage Deco Agam Rug

Vintage Deco Agam Rug

This blog was published by: Nazmiyal Antique Oriental Rugs


  1. art prints says:

    Besides rugs there’s another kind of work that I find really interesting and representative of Yaacov Agam’s art. I’m talking about Agamographs, a series of images assembled in one single work that, through a lenticular screen, allow the viewer to appreciate these different images depending on the angle of vision.

    By clicking on my signature you can take a look at the artist’s bio and a small sample of his work.

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