Artist Lisa Nilsson Recreates the Intricacy of Persian Rugs with Paper

By: Meghan Young - Nov 8, 2014
References: lisanilssonart & thisiscolossal
At first glance, these quilled paper carpets may look like authentic Persian rugs. Full of rich hues and intricate details, a person wouldn't be ridiculed if he or she expressed a desire to have one for the floor of their living room. Yet these paper carpets deserve a special place on the walls of an art gallery.

The quilled paper carperts were designed by Lisa Nilsson. Utterly gorgeous, they are a great follow-up to her previous Tissue series, which explored anatomical cross-sections. This is Colossal writes, "Unlike a traditional rug that might be woven row by row, Nilsson instead starts at the very center and progresses slowly outward, a tedious process that takes several months to complete a single piece."