Geometric shapes are present in art, buildings, and décor in a wide variety of different cultures. African women have been weaving Berber carpets since 622 A.D. while brutalist architecture first became popular in the 1950s. Two concepts that are thousands of years apart, but they both use geometric shapes as the main source of inspiration.
Carpet weaving has been a tradition that Berber women would pass down to the younger women in their tribe. Tribes that lived in colder climates, for instance, would weave thick carpets to be used as blankets. On the other hand, tribes that lived in warmer regions weaved thinner carpets for sleeping or praying. These carpets are of wool or camel hair and feature geometric shapes and symbols depending on the tribe’s culture. Berber carpets started to become popular in Europe and Near East because the nobility would buy them when visiting Africa. The bold designs and unique textures became a décor piece in the mid-century modern style.
Brutalism grew more in style in the early 20th century. The architectural style features big, blocky, geometrical constructions, unfinished surfaces, unusual shapes, and small windows. Additionally, the name of the style derives from ‘béton brut’, which means raw concrete. Brutalist buildings were made of concrete, brick, glass, steel, and stone. Brutalism is present in government buildings, universities, parking lots, malls, and high-rises. Later, Brutalism eventually faded out in the 1970s.
Inspired by Brutalism and Berber carpets, we created a custom carpet that features vivid colors much like the Berber carpet. Inspired by brutalist architecture, we added stacked geometric shapes. With the bright-colored shapes, we decided to keep the background simple and minimal. This is a great carpet to add a modern twist to any office area.
With Talk Carpet’s custom carpet program, your imagination is the limit. You can create any carpet design you want, choose from our nine substrates, and get a sample within seven business days. Furthermore, we partnered with DIFFA and 1% of custom carpet sales revenue will be donated to fight against HIV/AIDS. Create the perfect carpet design by contacting us.