Now Trending: Sculptural Rugs That Artfully Stand Out

March 20, 2015 10:33 PM

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Now Trending: Sculptural Rugs That Artfully Stand Out

NO MATTER WHAT you call them—sculpted, tufted, carved, shaved, incised or just plain woven and snipped into shape—rugs with multilevel surfaces have been a talisman of high style for almost a century. Modernist designer Eileen Gray’s boldly layered geometric rugs may have started it all in the 1920s, but the look came into full flower with British decorator Syrie Maugham’s intricately channeled carpets, designed by Marion Dorn for the glamorous rooms of Wallis Simpson, among others.

Now a new audience is discovering how topographical floor coverings can add dramatic impact. British painter Gary Hume’s dimensional new carpet for Christopher Farr depicts a pair of “paneled” swinging doors, while Belgian rug maker JoV’s latest design—in luscious, sweater-thick plum colored wool—re...

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