Beautiful Modern Contemporary George Earl Ortman Art Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Indian Rug, Circa Date: 1970 – This beautiful art rug is an excellent example of mid-century art ideology. The design is the creation and brain child of artist George Earl Ortman, who was born in 1926 and studied art at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland from 1947 to 1948. His work reflects post WWII vision and was heavily influenced by the minimalist movement.
This magnificent modern art rug uses bold primary colors, high contrast, and geometric shapes to organize the design. One of the most fascinating features of this vintage mid century modern rug is that it is intended to be displayed and viewed horizontally, rather than vertically.
This is apparent through the use of symmetry in only one direction. When viewed horizontally, the design looks balanced, but it is asymmetric when viewed along its longest side. The artist’s use of color, in this captivating Indian rug, follows the idea of symmetry both horizontally and vertically.
This vintage George Earl Ortman blue rug does have a central focal pint consisting of a bold red colored square. However, the design does not radiate from the central focal point, but rather appears to be individual elements that form groups and clusters within the larger context of the piece. When one looks at this artistic piece for a while, they may notice a face is actually peering out at them. This touch of innocence, combined with the richer colors and high low embossed pile texture, is sure to spark much attention.
This stunning piece would make an excellent addition to any mid-century collection and demonstrates many of the design principles that were popular during the day. The bold colors of the rug can be used to add interest to a minimalist or contemporary design – both as an area carpet or as an artistic wall hanging tapestry rug. The design of this magnificent vintage George Earl Ortman art rug holds up well in today’s contemporary decor while still managing to reflect the roots of modern design movements.