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The Inexpensive Instant Home Make-over: Investing in 8×10 Area Rugs

Posted on: June 12th, 2013 by webadmin

The secret to updating your home decor isn’t remodeling or spending a lot

of money. One of the quickest and easiest ways to update the interior of

your home is by purchasing an 8×10 area rug. Whether you prefer

contemporary homes, Victorian mansions, modern apartments, or rustic

cabins-an area rug is a great decorating piece for any room.

 

Area rugs are available in various shapes; including square, rectangular,

hexagon, octagon, oval, and round. With the wide range of rug materials,

styles, designs, and shapes that are out there, you’re sure to find

something that is just right for your decor.

 

The materials used to make area rugs are both natural and synthetic.

Natural materials include: wool, cotton, jute, and sisal. Synthetic materials

are made from things like polypropylene/olefin and nylon.

 

There are also different methods used to make area rugs; including handknotted, flat-woven, hooked, and machine-made.

 

 

There are many different styles that you can choose from, such as: Persian,

Oriental, Tibetan, African, Southwestern, shag, Flokati, contemporary,

braided, and animal prints. As well as custom kitchen area rugs, children’s

rugs, indoor-outdoor rugs and rug runners for halls or stairs. With this in

mind, when the time comes for you to pick an area rug ask yourself these

questions:

 

How much foot traffic will the area rug get and do you have children or

pets?

 

Do you want a rug to fit in with your existing furniture or will you update

your furniture to go with the area rug?

 

Do you want the rug to draw attention to some part of the room or to

create a new theme?

 

Will the rug be used for artistic expression or to personalize your

environment?

 

Do you want a rug that will last for decades and become a family

heirloom?

Once you have purchased your rug, knowing how to care for it is very

important. Here’s some helpful hints about cleaning and maintenance:

 

To maintain good quality area rugs, they need to be flipped and vacuumed

on both sides every six months. Steam machines should not be used on

area rugs as the detergent used in those machines are too harsh for most

area rug material. While different materials require different care, there are

some basic tips for dealing with spills and accidents. The first is never rub,

blot the excess fluid with a clean cloth. Once all the excess has been

picked up, depending on the size of the stain, a little club soda will also

help. Vinegar is really great to use and keeps the colors from running. You

can clean the entire wool rug with a little vinegar and water.

 

So, with all of this in mind, choosing an 8×10 area rug for your household is

an easy and affordable way to update your decor. With the many selections

that are available to suit your taste, investing in a well-made 8×10 area rug

can immediately add style and enhance any home, dorm, or office and give

it an instant makeover.

A Walk on the Bolder Side-The History of Art Deco Rugs and Carpet

Posted on: June 12th, 2013 by webadmin

Art Deco was a style of architecture and interior design, popular from about 1925 to

1940, which had geometrical designs and bold colors as the main characteristics.

 

Art Deco rugs were first introduced to the public in Paris at the 1925 World’s Fair

Exhibition of Modern and Industrial Decorative Art. The interior of the exhibition space

was decorated with these rugs, which became an instant craze thereafter. Art deco rugs

reflect modern elements paired with unique traditions, inspired by individual artists.

During this time, these rugs featured bold designs that could become a focal point and

statement piece rather than a pleasant background for furniture. Many anonymous firm-employed designers who were suffering in the economic environment following WWI

became freelance weavers, creating luxurious custom pieces for private clients. Art deco

rugs reached the height of their popularity between 1925 and 1937 with production

falling dramatically due to the events that led up to WWII.

 

The rugs that US-born designer Marion Dorn and her husband Edward McKnight Kauffer

created in their London studio are among the most sought-after pieces that epitomize

the angular style of art deco designs.

 

The studio in China operated by Walter Nichols had wove their own magic brand of art

deco carpets while Betty Joel created her unique designs for private clients. As the

legendary Maison Myrbor studio in Northern Africa manufactured carpets for French

 

designers such as Jean Lurcat and Joan Miro. Ranging in styles from abstract Berbers

decorated with tribal details to pictorials with mythical influences.

 

In France, the creation of decorative rugs in Aubusson and at the Savonnerie continued

during the early twentieth century. While a smaller number of manufacturers and artists

began experimenting with more flamboyant and ornamental rug designs that

complemented the spirit of modernity and met the demand of the middle class for luxury carpets. It is these designer rugs that are the epitome of the Deco style, though an

overall shift in French Art Deco rug designs from primarily floral, figurative, and

medallion compositions to more minimalist or abstract rug designs began to occur by the late 1920’s as the Functionalism of Modernism began to shape the industry.

 

Among the most well-known Art Deco rug designers in France were Ivan Da Silva

Bruhns (1881-1980) and Paule Leleu (1906-87). The linear rugs designed by Ivan Da

Silva Bruhns drew their inspiration from Oceanic, African and Pre-Columbian arts, in

contrast to those by Leleu, who generally favored symmetrical arrangements and

repeating geometric motifs. In France the demand for designer rugs in the 1920’s was

so great that Da Silva Bruhns opened his own workshop and French department stores

added rugs designed by artists and designers to their collections. The major Parisian

store of the time, a` La Place Clichy, concentrated on Oriental rugs starting in the late

19th century. They also began commissioning rugs in the 1920’s by many well-known

Modernist rug designers such as Rene’ Crevel, Edouard Be’ne’dictus, and Emile

Gaudissart.

 

In contrast to the Art Deco rugs of France, those from Sweden tended to be more

restrained in their compositions and smaller in size. By the late 19th century, several

schools were opened to teach women the textile arts, which later helped contribute to

Sweden’s standing as one the most important centers of Modernist rug production in

Europe. Due to the fact that textiles, known as ryas, were produced traditionally in

Sweden for domestic use as coverings for beds and did not serve primarily as floor

coverings, they were often smaller in size. Larger rugs to be used as floor coverings

were made mainly for the aristocratic and royal residences. Given the traditional

absence of large rugs in their culture, Modernist and Deco rugs from Sweden also tend

to be smaller when compared to rugs produced elsewhere in Europe at the time. Often,

when larger rugs were created, they were often comprised of several small rugs seamed

together.

 

During the Great Depression in 1929, there was a temporary lapse in producing Art

Deco rugs which made the genuine pieces very rare and expensive to find, making them

sought after by collectors. Now there are a wide variety of options for the average

consumer, due to the reproduction of these rugs.

 

Art Deco rugs are in a field of their own. They’re still very usable as actual rugs, and are

frequently used as decorative floor covering, just as they were meant to be. Also, some

collectors proudly frame or otherwise display their finds on the wall, like tapestries, to

preserve their beauty and elegance.

Beauty of Africa

Posted on: March 13th, 2012 by webadmin

A man of two worlds, Muraina Oyelami is known by many as a master painter and by others as a great performing artist. Muraina is one of the original products of the famous Oshogbo Art Movement. Described as a poetic painter with a romantic approach, his works reflect composition and meaning. His varied and enormous list of credits include Studio Museum in Harlem, New York , Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin, Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC., and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London to mention a few.

Experience a purified and beautified reality

Posted on: March 13th, 2012 by webadmin

Widely known as the most expressive water colourist in Nigeria, Sam Ovraiti has the ability to not control the medium he works with but instead to speak the language of the medium, letting the medium dictate the artwork. The result is a purified, beautified reality. Due to his outstanding excellence in art, a scholarship in honour of Sam Ovraiti was set up at the famous Auchi Polytechnic where he graduated with distinctions and several awards. With several solo exhibitions and an extensive number of group shows in Nigeria, Europe and USA, Sam Ovraiti is one of the most accomplished artists of his generation.

Made in Africa

Posted on: March 13th, 2012 by webadmin

A printmaker, painter and sculptor, Bruce is one of Africa’s best known and most highly respected artists. He has been described as a ‘living legend’ who was ‘responsible for the renaissance in contemporary art in Nigeria’. With a career spanning several decades and many notable exhibitions at the Tate Modern Gallery, London, National Museum of African Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and Malmö Konsthall, Sweden to name a few, Bruce has successfully established himself in the art circles around the world.

Journey to the ends of imaginative experience

Posted on: March 13th, 2012 by webadmin

Described as one of the most talented minds from the African continent, Tola Wewe’s works are widely acclaimed for their originality, simplicity, surface texture and mastery of colours. After graduating from the Universities of Ife and Ibadan, he became a founding member of the Ona movement. His style draws from the Ona symbols of the Yoruba culture and his themes project traditional lores and myths of his native culture. Beyond Nigeria, Tola Wewe’s works has been exhibited across the world including Coningsby Gallery, London, Espace Alberica Gallery, Paris to mention a few.

Asian craftsmanship meets vibrant African design

Posted on: March 13th, 2012 by webadmin

modernafricanart has created a limited edition of rugs designed by our artists. Made with the finest quality wool from Tibet and master hand-knotted by artisans in the age old Tibetian tradition, these rugs have an extraordinary texture and visual richness. Asian craftsmanship meets vibrant African design to produce unique rugs with a contemporary and timeless style.
Each rug in the modernafricanart designer rug collection is numbered and made to order. These rugs are currently only available through modernafricanart.

Explosive energy

Posted on: March 13th, 2012 by webadmin

An energetic and free spirited artist, Ehi Obinyan has developed mastery for the combined use of watercolour and gouache. Ehi is a product of the famous Auchi Polytechnic where he graduated with distinctions. He is eclectic in his style and distinct in his chosen theme. Passion and zeal rule his brushes as he creates unforgettable works of art. Ehi recently moved to San Francisco from Nigeria and remains one of the rising stars on the art scene.

Say it with African colours

Posted on: March 13th, 2012 by webadmin

Women of honour (Oil on canvas ) by artist Sam Ovraiti
Widely known as the most expressive water colourist in Nigeria, Sam Ovraiti has the ability to not control the medium he works with but instead to speak the language of the medium, letting the medium dictate the artwork. The result is a purified, beautified reality. Due to his outstanding excellence in art, a scholarship in honour of Sam Ovraiti was set up at the famous Auchi Polytechnic where he graduated with distinctions and several awards. With several solo exhibitions and an extensive number of group shows in Nigeria, Europe and USA, Sam Ovraiti is one of the most accomplished artists of his generation.

A tale of two talents

Posted on: March 13th, 2012 by webadmin

A man of two worlds, Muraina Oyelami is known by many as a master painter and by others as a great performing artist. Muraina is one of the original products of the famous Oshogbo Art Movement. Described as a poetic painter with a romantic approach, his works reflect composition and meaning. His varied and enormous list of credits include Studio Museum in Harlem, New York , Staatlichen Kunsthalle, Berlin, Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC., and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London to mention a few.