November 12th Colour Art

This is my eigthth post about inspirations in art.

Yesterday, I studied the art of Vincent Van Gogh; today, I am taking a minor detour from painting/fine art to reflect instead on the field of interior design.

And my inspiration for this change of direction came to me today, during a visit to the rug department in John Lewis in Cressex. John Lewis have an extensive range of both modern and traditional rugs; no mean feat for what is actually quite a small department. Some are hand-knotted using vegetable-dyed yarn, while others are hand-tufted.

You may be wondering why I know so much about rugs?

The answer to this is simple, I had the great privilege of working on a rug department, as a sabbatical, during 2004-2005. The rug department in question was a franchise of L. Kelaty Ltd, and the department store in which it was situated was the late great family store, David Morgan Ltd, in the heart of the Welsh capital, Cardiff.

I could probably talk extensively and very enthusiastically about the various styles of hand-knotted Persian rugs, how each one is unique, how the colours vary when you walk around them etc, etc, etc, but it is actually one of the hand-tufted rugs from KelatyChinese-sourced New Wave range that I am going to focus on for this daily assignment.

One particular design (pictured below) really caught my eye all those years ago, when I was working in that quaint old department store, which it was nearing its 125th year of opening, and sadly also its ultimate closure (on Saturday 29th January 2005). But, as lovely as the rectangular versions are, it was the 152cm circular version – no longer available – that really caught my imagination.

While I was working in that store, I would stare at this particular design, during one of the many quiet moments that occur when you work on a high-end high-value furnishings department; every day I would try to convince myself that I didn’t actually want to buy it. Eventually, I did give in to temptation; I’ve never regretted obtaining this design, which would make a beautiful focal point in any home.

I could describe the design, but Kelaty themselves are the best people to explain their rugs, and so I have taken the following ‘blurb’ direct from their website:

‘Drawing on 1930’s Art Deco, 1910’s Vienna secession and 1950’s Abstract Expressionism, New Wave is contemporary design at its best. Hand-tufted by expert artisans using a special blend of the highest quality Chinese wools, these rugs have the softest [touch.]’

 Although not mentioned here, the most significant art influence is perhaps Gustav Klimt (b. 1862 – d. 1918). Indeed, many of the abstract motifs on the rug are very reminiscent of those you will find in paintings such as Klimt’s Fulfilment sketch (shown below).

You may notice that I have drawn upon these motifs in my final picture. You will also notice that I have added gold and bronze to the design. I did this as Klimt was foremost a goldsmith before he became a painter, and I decided to reflect this in my art.

Therefore, the end result has some of the patterns from the original rug design/sketch, only I have altered them in order to reflect something unique about my own style.

I’d love to read your comments on the end result. Thanks for reading. 


Kelaty Rugs ‘New Wave Nw25’ design, available for viewing on the website.


‘Fulfilment’ (1905-1909) Gustav Klimt 031.jpg sourced from Wikimedia Commons


My picture, inspired by Klimt and also by Kelaty rugs.




About Katie Hamer

I am a writer, an artist, a photographer, philosopher, interior designer, listener, and explorer.
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