Sophisticated African Retro Rug Type / Country of Origin: India Circa Date: Modern / New – Mid century designs are making a comeback, only they now include a mixture of contemporary and vintage pieces. This beautiful, contemporary vintage-inspired African Retro rug is the perfect addition to modern, neutral color palettes. The carpet is inspired by the traditional patterns of the African women of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
For centuries, they have been weaving cloth with traditional patterns. The designs represent the changing of the seasons, or perhaps, a more spiritual message. Many of the meanings of the symbols have been lost over the years, but during the mid-20th century, designers found inspiration in them, and they began incorporating them into modern abstract designs.
The patterns have a distinctively modern, geometric flavor, but they evolve organically, adding an element of surprise and interest that many mid century abstract designers attempted to emulate in their own creations. This beautiful retro-inspired piece fits well into contemporary geometric designs, but it also has a uniquely organic quality that gives it a softer and more natural feel.
The colors are earthy, and this rug would make a perfect addition to a room where the designer wishes to incorporate elements of the natural world. Adding in a few elements that represent man’s connection with the earth is a time-honored design trend that continues to gain in popularity. Contemporary designs feature elements of the natural world in the form or materials and designs. This piece would be for perfect for an ultra-modern design where it will soften the lines and add an element of surprise.
Its tribal flavor also makes it perfect for a Boho chic room. The design of the rug is based on squares and rectangles, but the artist incorporated a few elements that make it seem to develop organically from one end of the rug to the other. The artist used contrasting color, line, and the size of the designs in the relationship to each other. This creates an abstract piece that could easily fit into a contemporary, streamlined design, or complement natural colors and shapes where it adds a soft, vintage feel.
Variations in tone throughout the color scheme also add an element of depth to the design. The design has a three-dimensional quality that gives it the appearance of texture and dimension. It is a beautiful modern rug for your contemporary home or office that needs a bit of ancient tribal flavor, but also a retro feel.