Andy Warhol, ‘Vintage Marilyn Monroe Rug ’, ca. 1960, Nazmiyal Collection

Vintage Marilyn Monroe Rug by Andy Warhol, Origin: Scandinavia, Circa: Mid-20th Century – Here is an exciting vintage carpet – a mid-twentieth century production featuring a composition designed by the inimitable Andy Warhol. A Swedish rug, this compelling work is characterized by an immediately recognizable design: one of Andy Warhol’s famous portraits of Marilyn Monroe. One of the most important and unique artists of the twentieth century, Warhol is celebrated for his innovative approach for art. For Warhol, the subjects of his work were always things that he liked – things that he found emotionally and aesthetically appealing, irrespective of what they were. Famously painting Campbell’s soup cans as well as an array of celebrities and pop culture icons, Warhol vaulted the commercial to the refined, asking many important questions about the nature of art along the way. In this delightful carpet, one of Warhol’s most recognizable depictions of Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe is set against a field of red in a delightful pop art style of high contrast. The colors are vivid, adding dimension to a familiar and intriguing portraiture. A truly exciting work, this Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe rug is an excellent example of the style of a true giant of the art world.


About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York