Joan Miró, ‘Vintage Inspired Joan Miro Tapestry Rug 47988’, ca. 1960, Nazmiyal Collection

Vintage Inspired Joan Miro Tapestry Rug, Origin: Scandinavian Rugs, Circa: Mid-Twentieth Century – Here is a unique and beautiful vintage carpet – a mid twentieth century composition featuring a decidedly modern composition, drawn in the style of the great Catalan artist Joan Miro. This fascinating Swedish rug is a compelling example. Exerting an outsized influence on the art world throughout his career, Miro is one of the more immediately recognizable and intriguing figures of the twentieth century. This charming vintage carpet beautifully communicates Miro’s unique style and idiom, which has a decidedly surrealist bent, albeit more playful than that of his contemporaries. A charming and simple ivory field is the setting for the action, in which a highly surreal figure, which is suggestive of a human figure, stands and stares off, bedecked in motley colors and supporting a large red ball. The lack of concrete ideas in this mid-century carpet is typical of modernist design, which often emphasizes the unorthodox and irregular. The effect of this misdirection compels audiences to closely study subjects, and to walk away from them with a deep appreciation for them.

Scandinavia

About Joan Miró

Joan Miró rejected the constraints of traditional painting, creating works “conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness,” as he once said. Widely considered one of the leading Surrealists, though never officially part of the group, Miró pioneered a wandering linear style of Automatism—a method of “random” drawing that attempted to express the inner workings of the human psyche. Miró used color and form in a symbolic rather than literal manner, his intricate compositions combining abstract elements with recurring motifs like birds, eyes, and the moon. “I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music,” he said. While he prized artistic freedom, Miró revered art history, basing a series of works on the Dutch Baroque interiors of Hendrick Sorgh and Jan Steen. In turn, Miró has inspired many artists—significantly Arshile Gorky, whose bold linear abstractions proved a foundational influence on Abstract Expressionism.

Spanish, 1893-1983, Barcelona, Spain, based in Paris and Catalonia, Spain