Check Rug by Alexander Girard in Black/Ecru


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6' x 8'6"
7'8" x 10'2" (+$500.00)

Designer Alexander Girard
Material Cotton
Country United States
Date 1956
Manufacturer Maharam
Maharam rugs are special order only. Orders will be shipped directly from Maharam, please allow 2-3 weeks for processing and delivery. Special orders are not returnable or refundable.

The Check (1956) pattern featured on this rug by Maharam exemplifies Alexander Girard’s ethos: “all of design is related.”

Flat geometric forms in pure colors are emblematic of Girard’s interest in universal shapes and symbols used across time and cultures. Each of the Girard rugs by Maharam is offered in three colorways carefully matched to the original artwork or based on specific color pairings from Girard’s body of work.

During their 2016 visit to Cooper Hewitt’s archives, Girard Studio and Maharam uncovered Steps and Plus, two watercolor sketches for printed napkins designed for the restaurant La Fonda del Sol. Woven by highly skilled, independent artisans through an environmentally and socially responsible resource in India, these rugs offer warmth and personality in the variation of yarn dyeing and motifs inlaid by hand.

Trained as an architect but proficient in nearly all design disciplines, Alexander Girard (1907-1993, United States) had a profound impact on 20th century visual culture. As founding director of Herman Miller’s textile division from its formation in 1952 until 1973, Girard generated more than 300 patterns from his outpost in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Reflecting his love of international folk art and unhampered by contemporary dictums of style and taste, Girard explored wildly different approaches to color, form, pattern, and construction. The resulting body of work is staggering not only in sheer volume and creativity, but due to its fundamental qualities of beauty and uselessness, remains completely relevant today.