Pablo Picasso, ‘ Vintage Pablo Picasso Rug’, Mid 20th Century, Nazmiyal Collection

Here is a compelling and dynamic vintage carpet – an art rug that was produced in France during the middle years of the twentieth century. Generally speaking, the term “mid-century” is used to describe the exciting series of changes that affected the entire art world between the 1920’s and the 1970’s. During this period, important ideas about art and aesthetics were challenged, and many new ideas and styles were born. This superb mid-century art carpet is an exceptional artistic piece that recreates thefamous Picasso work known as the “Femme au chapeau” or “Woman with hat.” In true Picasso fashion, the stylized bi-chromatic face has an arresting expression emphasized by the high-contrast colors and bold inky black lines. This phenomenal art carpet is drawn in a vigorous abstract style that gives the portrait a larger-than-life presence when combined with the dazzling array of clear primary colors and achromatic details that are inextricably linked to Picasso’s distinctive works. Colorful crosshatching, carved lino-cut accents and shaggy outlines collectively recreate the artful imperfections that give block prints their rustic beauty.

Image rights: Nazmiyal Collection


About Pablo Picasso

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881-1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France