Our Mondrian Inspired Rag Rug

Generally, I like to create my own rag rug designs or even improvise colours and patterns as I go along. However, from time to time, it’s nice to take inspiration from one of the greats. Our latest Ragged Life rag rug was inspired by one of the pioneers of abstract and modern art… Piet Mondrian. His colourful, geometric designs have always screamed rag rug to me, as they pack a real punch without the need to build in huge amounts of detail. Before showcasing our Mondrian inspired rag rug in its entirety, below is a little information about Piet Mondrian himself…

The Artist: Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian Dutch Artist in front of Abstract art

Piet Mondrian. Image Source: http://mentalfloss.com/article/66842/15-things-you-should-know-about-piet-mondrian

Piet Mondrian is a Dutch artist who is famous for his bold, abstract paintings. Mondrian’s art evolved over many years and transcended a whole host of art movements including impressionism, pointillism, cubism and more. Although many of Mondrian’s pieces appear somewhat simple, they were all painstakingly crafted for ultimate equilibrium on the canvas. Arguably Mondrian’s most iconic pieces come from his “Composition Series”, which involves planes of primary colours (generally black, white, yellow, red and blue) arranged in geometric blocks. When you think of Mondrian, that’s probably what you picture.

Interestingly, Mondrian was such a precise painter that he always mixed his own colours (despite the fact that he mainly used primary colours) and never used any paint directly out of the tube.

Mondrian’s work was so highly acclaimed throughout his career that his artworks even crossed over the boundary to furniture, clothing and more…

Mondrian Yves St Laurent dresses

Mondrian dresses by Yves St Laurent (1966)
Eric Koch / Anefo – Nationaal Archief, CC BY-SA 3.0

Right, that was a little about Mondrian. If you’d like to read more about the great artist then Wikipedia is a fount of knowledge 🙂 Here is our Mondrian inspired rag rug. We hope you like it!

Our Mondrian-Inspired Rag Rug:

Our Mondrian-inspired rag rug was made in the new short shaggy technique of rag rugging, which we’ve been absolutely loving recently. We didn’t copy one of Mondrian’s artworks verbatim, but we like to think that he would have been happy to rock  this rug in his living room.

Large Mondrian Inspired Rag Rug Design on a Blue floor with red, yellow, blue, black and white geometric blocks of colour

Mondrian inspired rag rug up close details of the blue fabrics

Upcycled DIY Mondrian Inspired rag rug

Handmade Mondrian Inspired Rag Rug made using recycled materials and old clothing

Eco-friendly short shaggy rag rug made using old t-shirts and textile waste

Striking rag rug made using primary colours based on Mondrian the artist's work

Mondrian Inspired Rag Rug Yellow, Blue and White short shaggy rag rugging up close detail

Section of our Mondrian inspired rag rug. Blue, red, white and black blocks of colour woven together in the short shaggy technique of rag rugging.

Mondrian artwork rug made using upcycled materials.

Top down photo of Mondrian inspired rag rug made using old clothing and offcuts from craft projects

Ragged Life Mondrian Rag Rug made using recycled materials in blue, red, yellow, black and white primary colours.

What do you think? If you like our latest rag rug, comment below or let us know which artist’s work, you’d most like to emulate…

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As always, happy rag rugging!

Elspeth x

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This rug really is wonderful. I really love the bold, primary colours – it’s so striking.