Monday, January 4, 2016

Moroccan Boucherouite Rug Design Paintings by Patti Friday


"RUG No. 1"
9x12 inch


"RUG No. 2"
9x12 inch

Happy New Year!

Starting 2016 with a new series of boucherouite rug designs
These original artworks on archival paper are available for purchase!
My goal is to paint illustrate gouache ink 2 per day this month. 

9x12 inch unframed 

Inquire:  pattifriday@hotmail.com 

Moroccan rugs are the weaves, carpets, and textiles that have been traditionally hand-woven in Morocco. Rugs have been woven by the indigenous people of Morocco since the Paleolithic Era. Traditionally, Moroccan rugs have been woven by tribal peoples for their utility rather than for decorative purposes. Twentieth-century Moroccan rugs are widely collected in the West, and are almost always woven by tribes people who do not seek nor possess formal artistic training.

Moroccan rugs experienced a growth in popularity in the West with mid-century modern designers – such as Le Corbusier – who paired the thick piled Berber rugs with their sleekly designed furniture. Many of these Berber carpets are woven by the Beni Ourain peoples from the Rif Mountains near Taza. Colors vary from neutral shades to popping hues, with designs ranging from ordered geometric shapes to a more free-form, expressive pattern. Part of the appeal to the modernists was the primitivism in the carpets. Unlike the traditional antique Oriental rugs found in Western interior decoration, there is little elegance about these rugs, yet they fit wonderfully with modernist d├ęcor. Vintage and antique Moroccan rugs are fairly popular today for their decorative flexibility and reasonable pricing as compared to other styles of antique rugs.

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'
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