More Rad Rugs From Mark Mothersbaugh

Last January I shared with you some of the rugs and art by DEVO founder Mark Mothersbaugh.

Since then he has a whole new slew of rugs for 2009. A large collection of sixty-six 4′ x 6′ rugs that feature his artwork as well as twelve smaller versions in limited editions, featured in a solo show this past summer at the NOWhere Limited Gallery .

“They’ll cover a hole on the floor; you can sweep things beneath them. You don’t have to feel reverential about the artwork. You can walk on it. You can do your prayers on it if that’s your predilection. And there are many ways to get rug burn on it.” – Mark Mothersbaugh, about his rugs.

Here are twenty-four from his 2009 collection. Each measures 4′ x 6′ and is available for $850.00 a piece and some are also available in the smaller size of 22″ x 34″ for $275.00. In each image are six different rugs:

See all sixty six rugs in his collection here.

The 12 rugs from the show are small. Each measures 22 x 34 inches, has a 1/4 border and includes a signed and titled rug tag:

above: The Sleepover rug

above: Shoes rug

above: Jihad Detecto

above: Hooded Imp rug

above: Hatching a Plot rug

above: Fingerbot And The Boy rug

above: Dive For Safety rug

above: Duo Worm rug

above: DEVO Rope rug

above: Robot Loses His Head rug

above: When He Fell Through The Trap rug

above: X-Ray Visionaire rug

Each is available for purchase here and costs $275.00 USD. Several are also available as 4′ x 6′ rugs, just ask the gallery.

If you didn’t see his stunning rugs for Walteria Living in 2008, see them all here.

Can Sayinli & Jorgen Evil Ekvoll Weave Sex, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll Into Silk Rugs

Can Saylini and Jorgen Evkoll
above: detail from the silk hand knotted Rock n’ Roll rug

Central St. Martins College of Art and Design graduates Can Saylini and Jorgen Evkoll are a talented and edgy design duo. Amongst their irreverent, unusual, somewhat anarchistic and definitely provocative work are two collections of textile art. In these particular cases, silk hand knotted rug designs.

Turkish-born Sayinli asked his dad to hook them up with traditional rug-making families from villages near Istanbul. Everyone works from the same computer-generated patterns, yet each rug differs hugely in appearance. “The way the knots are tied varies from village to village, making each rug unique,” says Sayinli – something that appeals to his hippie sensibility and brings us back into the realm of handicraft.

The rugs as shown in exhibition:

I’m sharing two collections by these young artists with you today, both are silk and hand knotted. The rugs are really art pieces as opposed to mass produced products and can only be purchased through galleries such as Galerist in Turkey.

Traditional weavers from villages near Istanbul hand make the rugs based on computer generated patterns:

The finished project: Jørgen Can 1 (Hereke)

Silk Rugs (The Sex, Rock n Roll, Drugs and War Rugs).


detail of Sex:


detail of drugs:

Rock n’ Roll:

detail of Rock n Roll:

weaving the Rock n’ Roll rug:


detail of War:

weaving the War rug:

The Carpet Project:

Jørgen Can 1 (Kayseri):

Free Paris Hilton:

The last days of Maradona:

Breaking Bill Gates:

The Portrait of pope Benedict XVI:

Putin’s input:

The sun went down on Queen Elizabeth II:

Saddam forever:

Snoop Dog, another wild American puppy:

A quick visit to Takashi land:

A Zizek composition:

Jørgen Evil Ekvoll- b. 03 April 1981, Oslo
Can Sayinli – b. 12 April 1981, Istanbul
Saylini Evkoll website.

TR-34340 Istanbul | Istiklal Cad. Misir Apt 311/4
Phone +90/212 – 244 82 30

If you like unusual, beautiful and artful rugs, be sure to see the over 130 rugs I’ve singled out for their design. Or search this blog for previous posts on rugs.