The Art Of Modern Art Rugs

By August 5th, 2018Interior Design

We don’t think twice about hanging art on walls but would you buy art to walk all over? A guide to contemporary & modern art rugs…

Never thought I’d be writing about rugs on MoMa but the Rothko like rug in my living room will soon be off to the rug resting place in the sky and the hunt’s begun for a successor.

So put your slippers on, don that dressing gown and get ready for a magic carpet ride through the enchanting, beguiling world of art inspired and hand-made artist designed rugs.

Sonya Winner – Artist Inspired Rugs

Sonya Winner probably didn’t stay within the lines of colouring books as a pre rug designing child. Borders were there to be crossed and get creative with.

Using the cut out circles of Matisse and the colour fields of Rothko as starting points Sonya creates vibrant and playful rugs of layered colours and textures.

Sonya Winner - Matisse Rug

Sonya Winner – After Matisse Rug

Inspired by Matisse’s paper cut-outs. Available in a selection of sizes or made to your own size. Hand tufted in pure New Zealand Wool using 26 hand dyed wools. Click through for all sizes and prices.

Sonya Winner - After Albers Modern Art Rug


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Sonya Winner – After Albers Rug

Joseph Albers was the master of colour theory and Sonya’s Alber’s inspired rugs are the perfect tribute to his work. Differing pile heights give the rug a sculptural quality. Click through for all sizes and prices.

Sonya Winner - Rothko Rug


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Sonya Winner – Rothko – esque Deep Rug

Inspired by the bold fields of colour in Mark Rothko’s paintings. Hand tufted in pure New Zealand Wool using 26 hand dyed wools. Click through for all sizes and prices.

Check out the Sonya Winner Contemporary Rug Book to view the complete range in vibrant colour.

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Node Fairtrade Rugs

Welcome to the inspiring world of Node. A non-profit social business that aims to “make as much impact for fair trade as we can”. Node works with some of the worlds best designers and illustrators then converts their images into hand-made fair trade rugs.

The video below captures the fun and feel good spirit around Node and what they’re doing.

Here’s some example designs from the 18 limited edition art rugs available to buy online.

Sanna Annukka - Fair Trade Rug

Sanna Annukka – Fair Trade Rug

Signed Limited edition of 10. 100 knot Tibetan wool. 175 x 115cm (69″ x 45″)

You might know one of the co-founders, Chris Haughton, from his children’s books A Bit Lost and Oh No George. The designer and author has been involved with fair trade for years and wanted to combine his designs with a social business. In 2012 Haughton co-founded Node with Akshay Sthapit in Nepal (where it’s still based today).

Chamo Node Rug - Artist designed rugs

Chamo – Hand Made Fair Trade Rug

Signed Limited edition of 10. 100 knot Tibetan wool. 175 x 115cm (69″ x 45″)

Make your own rug at Node

If you’d rather create your own fair trade rug (or choose your own artwork) then Node lets you do that too. Just head over to the Design Your Own Rug section for everything you need to know from supplying artwork to Photoshop and PDF templates for artists to create their own designs from scratch. You can also just send an image you’d love to see made into a rug and the skilled workers at Node will do the rest.

Buy Node Rugs at The Design Museum

Art Rugs at the Royal Academy

Probably not the first place you’d think of for buying a new rug but when it comes to buying products from British artists the Royal Academy Shop’s up there with the best.

The also have some creative rug making collaborations and art inspired rugs with artists such as Gary Hume, William Scott and Sandra Blow.

Gary Hume - Artist Designed Rugs

Gary Hume – Limited Edition Rugs

Collaboration between British artist Gary Hume and rug designer Christopher Farr in signed, limited editions of 55. Made in India with 100% hand tufted wool via Care & Fair for ethical labour practices. 180 x 92cm (71″ x 36″)

These Royal Academy art rugs have been made in collaboration with rug designer Christopher Farr (scroll down for more on the maestro of rug making).

Terry Frost - Art Rug

Terry Frost – Limited Edition Rug

100% wool rug, hand-tufted and dyed. Adapted from Frost’s abstract lithograph Red and Black Solid. 150 x 107cm (59″ x 42″)

William Scott - Artist Designed Rugs

William Scott – Limited Edition Rug

Huge 100% wool rug, hand-tufted and dyed. Adapted from William Scott’s painting ‘Permutation Brown 1977’ in an edition of 150. 230 x 140cm (90.5″ x 55″)

The Royal Academy also stocks a square shaped Sandra Blow limited edition rug made from hand-knotted Anatolian wool and mohair.

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Ptolemy Mann Rugs

Ptolemy Mann is an artist, designer and colour consultant with a Master’s degree in Constructed Textiles from the Royal College of Art. Pretty much the perfect CV to make art themed rugs. Ptolemy sells her work via her own online store.

Ptolemy Mann - Art Rugs


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Ptolemy Mann – Artist Inspired Rugs

Twenty eight different art themed rugs for sale in flatweave and pile styles ranging from £300 to £1,300.

The colourful geometric shapes inspired by Paul Klee fit beautifully into hand-knotted pile rugs. The architect Frank Lloyd Wright provides structural inspiration for a circular pile rug in various sizes. Check out the full range of art rugs at the link below.

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Christopher Farr – Artist Collaborations

You can’t really research art themed rugs without coming across Christopher Mann. The London based designer has been collaborating with artists on contemporary rug designs since 1988. A true master of his craft able to faithfully interpret and translate artist’s work into beautifully vivid rug designs.

Christopher Farr - Artist Collaboration Rugs

Christopher Farr – Artist Collaboration Rugs

Modern and contemporary art inspired rugs with designs inspired by artists from Joseph Albers to Gillian Ayres.

The Christopher Farr website doesn’t have an online store but you can find out prices and enquire at their sister site CF Editions. As noted earlier several Christopher Farr rugs are available to buy online at the Royal Academy’s store.

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Zaida – Abstract Art Rugs

Almost bought the Klee inspired red rug shown here a few years ago but for some reason I missed the moment and my old rug prevailed. Nonetheless Zaida’s created some might fine hand-made modern art themed designs from Klee to Klimt.


Zaida – Abstract Art Rug

Hand stitched wool & cotton rug. No prizes for seeing the influence of Miro’s art on this vibrant red rug. Available in two sizes: 90 x 150cm or the larger 120 x 180cm


Zaida – Abstract Art Rug

Plenty of Klimt inspiration in these modern art rugs by Zaida. Over 50 to choose from at Wayfair.

Zaida’s rugs are made in Kashmir by craftsmen who work from their own homes. They set their own rates so receive a fair wage for the work they do.

Buy Zaida Rugs at Wayfair

Amara Modern & Contemporary Rugs

As a happy owner of two Scion Mr Fox towels I better not go overboard by getting a fox rug too. The Scion rugs are just a tiny sample of Amara’s collection of over 650 art inspired designer rugs.



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Scion – Mr Fox Rugs

100% wool rug in three sizes: 90 x 150cm, 120 x 180cm and 140 x 200cm.

While Amara’s range doesn’t include any artist collaborations there’s some obvious references to modern art in their rugs. Browse their range and you won’t have to go far before you see Mondrian style designs, Bridget Riley stripes or the bold brushstrokes of Robert Motherwell.

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That’s all I could fit in for now but do also check out some fantastic artist rugs at the Nazmiyal Collection, bold collaborations on contemporary art rugs at Joseph Carini Carpets and a nice range of creatively designed rugs at Heal’s.

Congrats on finishing this buyer’s guide to buying modern art rugs, hope you find one you like!

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