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Intricate Cement Carpets

The Concrete Rug by Alex Chinneck is Inspired by Oriental Designs

— April 12, 2013 — Art & Design
In spite of the main material used to create the Concrete Rug, it could pass off as an actual carpet. That is because it was carefully modeled after traditional Oriental designs. Complete with an intricate floral pattern, the Concrete Rug is like a large and heavy puzzle made up of 238 individual pieces of council paving slab.

Designed by Alex Chinneck, an artist based in London, in collaboration with illustrator Matthew Gaffen, the Concrete Rug is one of his "investigations into concrete and the boundaries of its material capabilities," as written on The Sculpture House. Measuring three and a half by six feet, the Concrete Rug is housed in a smooth wooden frame. It is available for $2,666 at the Sculpture House.
Trend Themes
1. Intricate Cement Carpets - The trend in creating intricate cement carpets inspired by traditional Oriental designs presents disruptive innovation opportunities for the home decor industry.
2. Exploring Concrete's Material Capabilities - The trend of artists and designers pushing the boundaries of concrete's material capabilities provides disruptive innovation opportunities for the construction and architecture industries.
3. Combining Art and Concrete - The trend of combining art and concrete in unique and unexpected ways presents disruptive innovation opportunities for the art and sculpture industries.
Industry Implications
1. Home Decor - The home decor industry can explore the use of intricate cement carpets inspired by traditional Oriental designs to create unique and visually stunning flooring options.
2. Construction - The construction industry can leverage the trend of exploring concrete's material capabilities to develop innovative building materials and construction techniques.
3. Art and Sculpture - The art and sculpture industries can embrace the trend of combining art and concrete to create unconventional and thought-provoking artworks.
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