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November5th

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Costa Rica Home Sports African Art Designs

Tribal art, African art, African tribal art, these are one of the most popular design themes in any country, including Costa Rica!  Art from Africa provides a wide variety for custom design ideas on large area rugs and other textiles for the home interior.

Often people ask, “Where do you get your ideas for custom canvas rug designs?” and my answer is any and everywhere!

When I come across a pattern, a combination of colors, a pretty scene, or just a piece of fabric, I take a photo and keep it in my treasure trove of canvas rug ideas. One such came from the back of a canvas chair with an African art motif. I took a picture and saved it for a rainy day.

Not too long ago I was installing a canvas rug for a client for her bathroom; her neighbor had come by and tried the feel of the canvas rug under her feet.

“I didn’t think I’d like the feel of it,” the neighbor confessed, “But when I walked on it (barefoot) it felt good and gives a nice contrast to the hard ceramic floor.”

My new client, Debi, decided to have a custom rug made for her living room.

African Art

She provided photos of designs and images from floors, walls, art and other sources that appealed to her to give me an idea of what she had in mind. A particular African art image (from pillows) not only offered a design idea but the colors and tones helped me to understand the expression she wanted for her canvas rug.

Then I remembered the African art on the canvas chair and thought “YES!” this would be perfect. I sent the photo to Debi and she loved it. We decided to use the design for the border and use a specific element of the design for the center of the rug.

When I begin the process of making a custom canvas rug it takes a day or two for me to think about how the design will be applied. Will it be hand painted or would using a stamp be better? I love stamping a design because the unevenness gives the rug texture. Because this project incorporated a design aspect from an African art motif, which looked hand stamped and hand dyed, I decided to make stamps for each of the borders and the inserted diamond design for the center.

To get the look I had in my minds eye, I took a coarse piece of burlap and painted it with a slightly darker color and stamped the center so that when the varnish is applied the darker tones come out; it looked as though it was an antiqued (worn) rug one might have discovered in a Marrakesh marketplace.

Tomorrow is installation day and I look forward to seeing the African art rug in its new place surrounded by the details and art of Debi’s home to welcome it.  How many of my readers, I wonder, either have or incorporate African art in their interior?


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