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Rugs Inspired by Art in The Wall Street Journal

Brush Up on Art History With Rugs Inspired by Paintings

Regret sleeping through that elective? Shop these carpets which instructively riff on everything from Monet’s water lilies to the graffiti works that emerged in the 1970s

5. Bisous, $16,000 for about 9 feet by 12 feet, mehraban.com
5. Abstract Expressionism

After the upheaval of World War II, American artists rejected figural subjects and traditional tools such as paintbrushes and easels in favor of nonrepresentational compositions and experimental techniques. Jackson Pollock threw, dripped, splattered and poured paint on huge canvases to evoke the disorienting chaos and freedom of the modern world. Willem de Kooning used long-handled brushes to give his paintings an awkward, out-of-control quality. And Clyfford Still—whose enormous fiery works inspired FORM Design Studio’s hand-woven Bisous rug—used a palette knife as a trowel to layer on heavy impasto textures.

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