Student Blog: Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Rug Competition

Students looking at rugs hanging from the ceiling.

Written by Aaron Kellerhuis, student in the School of Human Ecology.

Textile and Fashion Design students are designing 8’ by 10’ rugs inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and Prairie School architecture as part of a competition sponsored by Sergenian’s Floor Coverings.

For background information, a group of us visited the Rug competition, students milling around. Sergenian’s Madison rug showroom to learn about the rug making process. Fibers, composition, and construction techniques were explored to show how similar ideas could be utilized within student designs. The goal is to create functioning rugs that reflect the ideas invoked by the Prairie School architecture of the Midwest.

To gain perspective on Wright’s aesthetic, Jim Dennis, the owner of a local Frank Lloyd Wright home, invited students to experience the design. Augmented by Bill, a friend of Jim’s, Wright’s innovation through design aesthetic was apparent. A grid and horizontal lines comprise the language for how relationships between nature and form are interpreted in the Prairie Style.

Frank Lloyd Wright home in Madison, exteriorArmed with Sergenian’s knowledge of rugs and experience of Wright’s design, students have submitted their rugs. The outcome will be announced at 5 pm, December 2,  during the Textiles and Fashion Design Fall Showcase opening at the Ruth Davis Design Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology, Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive.



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