Beautiful Modern Classic Love Rug by Robert Indiana, Country of Origin / Rug Type: India Rug, Circa Date: 2007 – Love is in the air with this carpet. The name Robert Indiana may not be a household name, but almost everyone has seen his work at some point in their life. This LOVE rug is one of his most iconic images and became a symbol for the hippie movement during the 1960’s. Indiana claims that the word refers to the love of God and is about an earlier spiritual event in his life. None the less, this iconic figure became a symbol of the Summer of Love and all that it embodied.
The image for this rug was first produced for a Christmas card for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1965. It was later featured on postage stamps in 1973. The image withing this beautiful Indian rug has also appeared as a free-form sculpture and in many other mediums.
The work of artist Robert Indiana often featured a single, short word, such as eat, hug, or love. In this piece, The V and E serve as a stable base for the L and O. The O is at an angle to the rest of the design, giving it interest. This magnificent pop art rug only uses three colors placed in a way that provides contrast and adds visual impact. This is typical of the work of the artist and reflects his signature style. The lettering style gives the piece a feeling of mass and weight.
This beautiful artist carpet not only features a bold and iconic graphic design, but it is also hand-tufted. The design is cut into the pile of the rug with only a pair of scissors, as indicated by a label on the back of the “Love Rug”. The letters are cut lower than the surrounding background, giving it dimension and texture.
This vintage rug is an iconic symbol of the pop art movement and would make an excellent addition to a retro design, or any contemporary space. Regardless of where you decide to display it, it will undoubtedly bring a smile to everyone’s face as soon as they see it. It is the perfect piece for adding a recognizable piece to the room and a tribute to the pop artists of the mid-20th century. To own this rug is to hold an iconic part of pop art history in the USA.