Mondrian and Missoni style patterns at an ancient Egyptian tomb

Mondrian and Missoni style patterns at an ancient Egyptian tomb

Christophe Prosper Rammant
Christophe Prosper Rammant

Christophe is one of our founders and creative director. His passions are interiors, cooking, and traveling the globe for new inspiration.

Our latest custom carpet is this beautiful Mondrian and Missoni style carpet inspired by the tomb of Menna. The tomb is an ancient burial site in the Theban Necropolis in Luxor. It is cut into the cliffs of the bank and is known best for its remarkably well-preserved paintings. The tomb is highly decorative, adorned with hand-painted patterns and scenes.

Although people don’t know much about Menna himself, he frequently features paintings at the burial site. In each depiction, he wears the “Gold of Honor.” This confirms that he was royalty and a noble, highly-respected figure in Ancient Egypt. Many of the paintings also depict scenes of everyday Egyptian life and funerary customs. One example is a large scene that shows Osiris, the god of the dead, weighing the deceased’s heart against the weight of a feather to decide the morality of their life. Some think the artists’ work is from the reign of Amenhotep III. This is based on the ochre-tones skin, small facial features, and elongated eyes in the characters painted on the tomb walls.

The chambers of the tomb feature intricate multicolored patterns. There are predominantly red zig-zag lines with diamond shapes between the gaps. Each diamond has further decorative touches, and the entire pattern is on a white contrasting background. This covers what remains of the ceiling of the tomb. There are also decorative stripe patterns bordering the Egyptian scenes and walls. These consist of alternating red, blue, yellow, and green rectangles separated by white and black lines. Both patterns boast an abstract and geometric feel.

We believe it is these two patterns that inspire artwork by Piet Mondrian. In particular, his Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow shows a striking resemblance. It appears Italian designer Rosita Missoni has also taken inspiration from the tomb. Many of the pieces from the Missoni collection feature brightly colored geometric and abstract patterns, similar to the ones found here. The designs cultivate positive energy inside the home, which is the same impact we seek with our Missoni-style blended with Mondrian carpet.

We have taken both the zig-zag ceiling pattern and the striped border pattern and used them in combination for a unique and energizing design. The zig-zags run down the length of the carpet, creating a walkway-like feel when used down a corridor. We have also reduced the color palette of the striped pattern to blue, red, white, and green for a more unified look. Alternating the size of the stripes rather than sticking to a uniform size adds intrigue and personality to the design.

Do you have a custom print carpet like our Mondrian carpet that you’d like to create? If so, our Talk Carpet team is happy to help. You can reach out to us using our live chat function or complete the inquiry form on our website. No matter what your commercial carpet needs, we can work together to create a truly unique design. You also have the choice of color and pile height, with prices starting from as little as $21 per square yard. All our carpets come from recycled ECONYL yarn to reduce our environmental impact. Besides, 1% of all custom carpet sales goes to DIFFA, an AID and HIV awareness charity we feel passionate about. To start your custom design, get in touch today.

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