Running circles around Ruhlmann’s design: the art deco’s master’s carpet

I’ve talked about my love of Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann’s furniture in the past, but today I bring you a different element of his repertoire being offered at Sotheby’s New York.  A carpet!

Cercles et Ondes, was designed by Ruhlmann’s studios and shown at the 1928 Salon des Artistes Décorateurs in Paris.  Like many modern designers, Ruhlmann created all aspects of his interiors, from furniture to lighting to carpets.  This majestic piece is so emblematic of his work – for example, you can see in the carpet’s border the same detailing he uses in furniture with ivory and ebony. The rings of concentric circles remind me of the ripples in the water when stones are casts into a lake. Be-au-ti-ful!
And while it screams Art Deco, it’s truly a timeless pattern that’s easily at home in today’s interiors.  A little colored pattern in our lives never hurts J.
image credit: Sotheby’s.  Lot 34, Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Cercles et Ondes. To be sold in the Important 20th Century Design sale in New York on 15 December. Estimate US$150,000 – 250,000.
PS: Thank you for stopping by and reading my feature today.  I love what I do as an interior designer and art advisor, and it’s my hope that through these blog posts I’m enriching and heightening your aesthetic sensibility towards art, design and fabulous interiors in some way ~ Richard Rabel (a.k.a. the modern sybarite)