Sophisticated African Retro Rug Type / Country of Origin: India Circa Date: Modern / New – Mid century-inspired designs are finding new life in today’s contemporary interior style trends. The modern-retro look is defined by incorporating mid century modern pieces with a mixture of vintage and contemporary treasures. The soft, gentle colors of this African retro contemporary rug look as if they belong in another place and time and, in some respects, they do.
Designers of the mid-20th century turned to traditional cultures for inspiration. This carpet was inspired by the Kuba cloth woven by the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kuba cloth is a traditional weaving form that has been a part of the African people for centuries. The patterns are geometric and use natural earth tones to create a piece that reflects the world around them. Many of the intricate geometric patterns represent the crop cycles and seasons, or perhaps, man’s connection to the divine. Many of the meanings of these symbols have been lost over the years, but the beauty of the patterns remains.
The organic geometric patterns of these carpets have a retro feel that look as if they could have been created by one of the great abstract artists of the mid century. It looks as if it could fit perfectly into the designs of the Eames Era and early 1960s. Of course, this would be the perfect addition to a mid century retro design, but contemporary designers also have a special place for these traditional rugs.
Contemporary interior designers have been attracted to geometrics and clean lines for many years, and this trend seems to be picking up speed more recently. This carpet is the perfect addition to a contemporary interior design where it adds a softer, organic feel to designs that feature streamlined geometric shapes. It is made from wool and natural viscose that give it the look of silk. It has a high and low texture that adds dimension.
The soft colors of this modern rug make it the perfect addition to a neutral palette where it will add form and interest to the space. It would also work well as a component of a layered carpet look, which is popular in Boho chic rooms. If your look is contemporary, but you love a more retro feel, this is the perfect carpet for your home or office.