Somerset Colonial Williamsburg: This design is replicated from an 18th-century crewelwork coverlet or “bed rug” in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation collections. Embroidered by a New England woman around 1785-1810, no two flowers or leaves were stitched alike. Her “tree of life” design is as appealing in today’s home as it was by a long-ago New England fireside.
Deep Blue Bergamo: This design is inspired by the Bergamo rugs, woven in western Turkey, north of Izmir. This is the site of the ancient Greek kingdom of Pergamum, which flourished in the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC. The original carpet is woven from wool with classic terra cotta and deep blue colors derived from locally made vegetable dyes. This stunning design is reproduced by license from Arthur T. Gregorian Oriental Rugs located “A little part of Persia in Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts”
William Morris Carpet: One of the founders of the Arts and Crafts movement, William Morris (British, 1834–1896) designed beautiful, handcrafted household objects that elevated decorative pieces to the realm of fine art. Using nature for his inspiration, Morris sought to "turn a room into a bower, a refuge." The English countryside, with its hedgerows and native field and garden flowers, served as his touchstone and is reminiscent in the carpet from the Museum's collection on which this design is based.
Mughal Lotus: This is a gift replica of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Mughal Lotus Carpet that will be on display as part of their new Islamic collection opening in the fall of 2011. The original carpet is from India.
Indienne, Colonial Williamsburg: Symmetrical patterns and multiple borders distinguish rugs from the Oushak region of northwest Turkey. Popular in Europe from the 1500s onward, some undoubtedly made their way to the Virginia colony.
Agra Kazak: This contemporary Kazak reproduction, woven in Agra, India, was inspired by the original, which is part of the Inscribed Armenian Rug Collection that Arthur T. Gregorian donated to the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Watertown, Massachusetts. This geometric Kazak was woven by primitive mountain villagers who are noted for using vivid colors, bold designs and whimsically incorporating inscriptions and icons into their rugs.
Rosette Palmette: This is a gift replica of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Rosette Palmette Carpet that will be on display as part of their new Islamic collection opening in the fall of 2011.7.125" x 10.25" x .16"