Clients often ask me which artists inspire me the most. Having created more and more contemporary and transitional rugs over the past few years, I would have to say that I have most frequently revisited the works of 20th Century modern artists.
My own family boasts two accomplished modern art painters and although both have now passed, I can still feel their guiding presence when I visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York or the modern art galleries in The Philadelphia Art Museum. As much as I am delighted by Picasso, Salvador Dali and Matisse and enthralled by Rathko, Kandinsky and Klimt, I must say it is Yaakov Agam, the great experimental Israeli artist, with whom I really feel a kinship.
World renowned for his kinetic sculptures and prismatic “agamographs”, Yaakov Agam also had several of his fantastic innovative designs made into area size tufted rugs. These textured masterpieces are sought after by international art and rug collectors and sell at auction for $15,000.00 and more. Mr. Agam’s fabulous rugs have been featured in retrospective expositions at the prestigious Guggenheim and the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, France.
Like the great Yaakov Agam, I also decided to design many of my modern rugs in the tufted quality using strong abstract geometric movements in bold colors I design my rugs so they can be used as both floor and wall art and the tactile nature of tufted rugs works very well. I find the impact especially dramatic when one of my rugs is used as the central focal point of a monochromatically designed interior. My main ambition when designing my contemporary rug collections is to create a feeling of transcendence and balance within a space. Although it has always been very difficult to explain verbally, modern art can communicate an artist’s inner vision and I have been told by many clients that my rug designs speak to them and that gives me a great sense of well being.
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