Beautiful Colorful Linear Design Modern Expressionist Carpet, Rug Type / Country of Origin: Nepal, Circa Date: New Rug – Expressionist carpets have a place in room design for the person who wants a piece that evokes a certain emotion. Modern expressionist design began in the early decades of the 20th century as a reaction to the angst that was felt in the real world at the time. The movement later developed into abstract expressionism and other forms that are still the foundation of contemporary artwork, architecture, and room design.
Expressionist rugs explore the deeper meaning behind the emotions of the artist. This piece from Nepal is interesting on several different level levels. First off, the carpet uses horizontal lines that are reminiscent of various forms of writing and communication. The direction of the lines at the bottom of the work slant towards each other, giving the impression that the writing would naturally flow from left to right. However, the starts and stops of the strokes indicate that at least some of them were made from right to left.
The modern rug has a motion and flow that encourages the viewer to start at the top and follow the lines working their way down the rug. From this perspective, the lines began as solid black, broken by a dramatic red line in the center and then transitioning into a more subtle blue at the bottom. As the piece works towards the bottom, the strokes themselves take on a more informal quality.
The lines are not solid with definitive starts and stops. In some places, it appears as if the brush was heavily loaded and allowed to drip onto the page. The lines also show feeling and appear to have been made with a single stroke, rather than a carefully planned geometric line.
This is the perfect rug for adding drama to a monotone room. It uses the primary colors of red and blue, but also black and white. There is little transition from one color to the other, which enhances the contrast of the piece. This modern 9 x 12 size rug is an expressive work that would be the perfect match for several contemporary styles, including minimalist, Scandinavian modern, and to add a touch of color to a room with contemporary furniture. It is a highly expressive piece.