Beautiful “Born In USA” Vintage Art Rug By Keith Haring, Country of Origin: China, Circa Date: Vintage – This bold, vintage rug is the work of artist Keith Haring, who was a pop art icon and a legend of the social activist art scene in New York City. The imagery in this art rug is an example of the iconography developed by Haring to express the political, social and personal themes that affected his life. The human figures featured in this magnificent vintage rug from China are used to represent the human ideals and concepts that Haring wished to convey.
In quite the sophisticated fashion, black outlined negative spaces are filled with bold colors. These black outlines are the only feature in this piece that are used to create the actual design as well as convey feelings, motions and emotions. The use of high contrast primary colors adds to the energy of the design. The simple lines and vibrant colors of the rug are sure to pop with happy vitality in any room. Since this area rug is small and could easily be mounted on a wall and displayed as an artistic wall hanging tapestry rug.
The dancing figures on the rug embody a sense of hope, joyful exuberance and a sense of community. The seven yellowish figures are more than likely meant to represent the principal seven founding fathers of the USA: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison. The 13 white colored stars in the flag are probably meant to represent the initial 13 English colonies: Virginia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
That said, the iconography of Haring’s artistic creation is up to the interpretation of the viewer. As is the case with many of the best art works, each person will develop their own meaning from the symbols and colors used in this Keith Haring art rug titled “Born In USA”.
As mentioned above, this Keith Haring Born In USA art rug relies on basic lines and simple shapes to convey deeper meanings. The artistic style of the pop art rug borrows from comic books, graffiti and the graphic design traditions.
To own this Keith Haring “Born In USA” art rug is to own a piece of American history. Considering the popularity of the artist’s work, this is an excellent opportunity to add an iconic historical art piece to your rug collection or to any room’s interior design.