Andy Warhol Rugs (1928 – 1987) was one of the most influential American artists of the twentieth century. Enormously popular to this day, Warhol was a transformative figure in the world of art, pioneering and perfecting the Pop Art school, a movement that had enormous impact on just about every aspect of art and design during the mid-twentieth century.
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Born to working class immigrant parents, a young Andy Warhol developed an active interest in celebrities and Hollywood culture, and, upon moving to New York City in 1949 at the age of 21, took a job in magazine illustration and advertising. Combined with his passion for design and budding artistic prowess, this position allowed Warhol to explore the aesthetics of mass culture on an intimate level, and at this time he began creating his own work for commercial production.
Warhol was an early user of the nascent silk screen technology in producing some of his work during this period. By the 1960’s, Warhol had grown increasingly popular and influential in New York City’s avant garde art community. During this time, Warhol began collaborating with like-minded artists on projects from a dizzying assortment of media, including rugs, film, music, painting, commercial production, and theater. By the close of the decade, Andy Warhol was household name, synonymous with the free-thinking, experimental artist persona.
A complex figure, Warhol maintained that his artistic interpretations of recognizable subjects, including Marilyn Monroe and, famously, a can of Campbell’s tomato soup, were simply iterations of things he liked to look at. Warhol was also a pragmatic artist, and accepted the inherent commercial nature of the modern art world. Few figures have been as trans-formative and admired as Andy Warhol, truly a national treasure and artistic visionary.
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Below you can see our current collection of vintage Andy Warhol rugs and tapestries: