Art Carpet, Italy, Mid-20th Century – This lively patchwork carpet from the house of Missoni has a fresh, versatile visage ideal for contemporary or cottage-chic interiors. Knitted wool remnants with braided stripes, color-block squares, heathery variegation and pastel lines form a consistent patchwork pattern with continuous stripes and alternating blocks that cascade across the field diagonally. Soft blues and pastel hues give the composition a cool visage that incorporates jewel-tone highlights and light accents. Jumbled blocks within the dark squares create an alluring pattern-within-pattern effect that maximizes the iconic Missoni stripes and textures. Carefully planned variations in the alignment of the striped squares give the simple patchwork pattern an understated artistry perfect for a range of modern or traditional decorating applications. Following the classic style of the Missoni fashion house, this Italian patchwork carpet expertly balances modernity and tradition.