Modernist Art Deco Design Rug, Circa: Last Quarter of the 20th Century, Origin: Nepal – This striking art deco inspired carpet from Nepal is an interesting example of the wide-reaching influence of modernist aesthetic values. Characterized most immediately by a palate of soft colors – primarily shades of blue, purple, and grey – this modernist rug is a effectively a color study, though, of course, it is also more. Following in the footsteps of the great modernist painters, the weavers of this fetching rug have used simple shapes to create a deeply dynamic composition, the energy of which practically radiates outward from the rug. Indeed, this particular piece exemplifies the overall flexibility of modernist aesthetics, which lack any one unifying line of thinking: for rather than being a simple color study, or a simple exploration of multi-layered geometric figures, this rug is a greater than the sum of its parts, with the overall impression being one of potential energy, of unrealized momentum. An arresting work of deep beauty, this modernist carpet from Nepal is capital example of the exciting nature of modern aesthetic values.