Sophisticated African Retro Rug Type / Country of Origin: India Circa Date: Modern / New – The gorgeous blues and browns of this African Retro rug have an earthy feel that are the perfect addition to a room with a neutral palette. The browns are the perfect match for a room that features grays, whites, and other softer tones. It has a retro look that is reminiscent of patterns from the late 1950s through the early 1970s.
This carpet was inspired by retro designs of the mid-20th century, but these designers took their inspiration from a much older group of artists. These designs were inspired by the traditional weaving of African women who lived in remote parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
At that time, many people the world had not been exposed to these remote cultures, and when mid century abstract designers drew their inspiration from their traditional patterns, interior designers could not get enough of them. Many traditional African designs found their way into mid century styles such as modern and Danish modern. The designs were inspired by traditional weaving patterns known as Kuba cloth.
The traditional weavers incorporated traditional patterns passed down from generation to generation. These patterns reflected the world around them. They may represent the crops, seasons, or their connection to the earth itself. Many of the meanings of the patterns have been lost over time, but just as mid century designers still found beauty in them, contemporary designers also find in their inspiration in them, too.
This beautiful rug has a basket weaving pattern that has a three-dimensional quality. Baskets are an important part of primitive cultures which may have been the inspiration for the original Kuba cloth design. In a modern room, it has a dimensional quality that brings depth and texture to the space. Contemporary design trends feature geometrics, pieces that add texture and neutral colors.
This carpet fits into many contemporary design styles and will be the perfect addition to inspire your modern home or office. It is geometric, but it also adds an organic flavor that will bring the feeling of the natural world into the indoor space. Mid century designs are finding new life and inspiring contemporary designs that have a retro flavor.