Best Rugs Inspired by Trees in the Arnold Arboretum, Boston

When you go out for a walk in the woods, do you ever notice the bark of the trees?

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Left: A Paperbark Maple in the Arnold Arboretum. Right: Safari Brocatel Oriental Rug in handspun wool and silk. The cut pile and silk loops simulate the texture of the bark.

If you have been walking by without seeing the bark, then you have been missing a great visual treat of texture and colors.  This weekend, plan a trip outdoors.   In a few days the leaves and flowers will spread out in all their glory and you will be so taken by them, the humble bark will again go unnoticed.

One of the best places in the world to enjoy trees is Boston’s Arnold Arboretum. 150 years of expeditions to remote mountains in Tibet, China and Eurasia have assembled a breathtaking variety of woody plants with a glorious variety of tree bark.

Some of the best rugs I have designed were inspired by tree bark  patterns.  To show my gratitude to trees I am featuring the tree bark images alongside the rugs.

 

Left: A Paperbark Maple in the Arnold Arboretum. Right: Safari Brocatel Oriental Rug in handspun wool and silk. The cut pile and silk loops simulate the texture of the bark.

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Left:Zelkovia in early spring before leaves overshadow its glorious bark. Right: Oak Oriental rug in handspun wool. The Oak rug is an improvisation combining patterns in tree bark and Japanese silk brocades.

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Top: Lichen on the bark of a Tea Crab Apple. Below: Safari Brocatel Oriental Rug in handspun wool and silk. The cut and loop texture is reminiscent of tree bark. The color is inspired by lichen.

 

Where do you look for inspiration?

What in nature inspires you? Is it the sky, rocks, flowing water, flowers or trees?

In what ways is inspiration gained from nature different from inspiration derived from design magazines?

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