Imagine looking out of your window and seeing a lush summer garden all through the year.
Livia wife of the Roman Emperor Augustus assured herself of such a view, by having the most beautiful garden frescoes painted on the walls of the Villa di Livia in Rome.
These frescos made Livia’s dining room feel larger and brighter. Some of todays best floral rugs are inspired by frescos, but do not copy them. These rugs bring nature indoors in a modern way and expand and brighten the space just as the ancient frescos did. Because the rugs link us back to great ancient frescos, they give our interiors a timeless quality.
Now that Spring is finally here after a winter that seemed to go on forever, I am finding ways to spend more time outdoors. This is a good time to bring reminders of nature indoors in art and rugs inspired by nature and gardens. This way we can extend the time that nature can be enjoyed.
Blue Summer 6848CB, Fresco Savonile Rug. You feel welcomed by trees with flowers of many types. Wool yarns in thousands of custom colors are woven in the Savonnerie rug weave. The shading is reminiscent of Roman frescos.
Canterbury 3418B textured handspun yarn Bessarabian pile oriental rug. An English Royal Garden is expressed in the softer style of Roman frescos. Bessarabian rugs were favored by 19th Century Russian nobility and can be seen in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Summer, 70008 C2, Savonile Oriental Rug. The floral canopy is in clear colors. The tone on tone shadows in the background give homage to the 18th century silk brocades of Anna Maria Garthwaite in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Gold Branches 6872Y, Fresco Savonile Oriental Rug: The canopy forms a natural trellis of branches inspired by 18th century silk brocades by Anna Maria Garthwaite. The flowers, branches and sky have soft fresco outlines. The shading is created by weaving with thousands of shades of multiple ply wool yarns in a Savonnerie rug weave.
Pavillion 2803GD, Fresco Needlepoint Rug. A vine garden of sinuous branches reaches towards the open sky in the center. The flowers and leaves are in muted Tuscan colors, sienna, olive green, old gold and pearl white (turquoise blue is in the border, not visible in this picture detail). Wool yarns in thousands of color shades create shading reminiscent of Frescos and weathered Aubusson rugs.
These rugs have one foot in ancient art and the other in the modern world. They add depth to a contemporary room by linking us with ancient art forms. At the same time they make a traditional interior feel modern and timeless because the ancient themes are expressed through the sensibilities of a modern Boston artist.
How does spring influence your preferences? Do you find yourself drawn to clearer colors and designs influenced by nature?