Geometric Modern Swedish Inspired Kilim Rug 61090
Currently, the following sizes are also available in stock (Contact to purchase):
61091– 8.0 x 10.0 – $4̶,̶2̶5̶0̶ $3,400
61092– 9.0 x 12.0 – $5̶,̶5̶0̶0̶ $4,400
61093– 10.0 x 14.0 – $7̶,̶2̶5̶0̶ $5,800
Decorative Geometric Modern Swedish Inspired Kilim Rug, Country of Origin: Modern Indian, Circa date: Modern – This is a striking modern Swedish style area rug featuring a wonderfully juxtaposing color palette of battleship gray, charcoal, slate and khaki. Thick crossbars enclose dense squares in a layout resembling a fortress within this magnificently artistic kilim rug.
Unlike many classic and antique Indian rugs containing swirling floral and vegetal motifs along with exotic animals, this modern rug from India is entirely abstract. Almost military in its exactness, it fits in a genre reminiscent of German Bauhaus school design and architecture: an unadorned, functional, post-Roman fortification pattern.
How did such a work emerge from India as an example of the Swedish style? The answer lies in the eclectic vagaries of history. Indian carpet weaving bloomed when Mughal Akbar the Great, Emperor of the Indian subcontinent in the 16th century, fed his hunger for knowledge. From all reaches of his empire, he gathered scholars, religious leaders, writers, and artisans to his court. Especially enthralled with Persian carpets, he commissioned several weavers to set up workshops and training centers. The rulers succeeding him followed his lead.
Rich and prominent Europeans demanded Oriental carpets so much that the supply chain could not keep up. As markets do, more cheaply made rugs and imitations began flooding the market, forcing hand craftsmanship into decline. The fine and magnificently crafted area rugs, that took years to knot by hand, were replaced.
When India gained its independence in 1947, it worked to revitalize its glorious carpet-weaving heritage. The movement to engage underutilized artisans and introduce new genres was successful, just as it had been under the reign of Moghul Akbar.
Among the influences welcomed by India was that of Scandinavian rug and textile weavers. Taking advantage of Byzantine artistic skills brought by traveling Viking merchants, Nordic craftsmen had adapted and augmented what they learned to fit the subarctic climate. By the 20th century, they had developed a reputation for sleek, modernistic designs while revitalizing old folk motifs.
India seized the opportunity to enrich its growing carpet industry to hybridize the Swedish style, incorporating techniques of dense weaving and abstract motifs to provide connoisseurs with unique and durable rugs.
This modern area rug combines a multiplicity of complex weavings with simple, basic motifs. Although purely abstract, the overall effect of this modern flat weave rug arouses strong emotions. The rectilinear strength will add a distinctive avant-garde accent to the ambiance of most interiors.