Black Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

Black Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

Black Carpet Swatch

Black carpet tends to look good and always seems quite sophisticated but it does usually come at somewhat of a cost to the home owner.

Black shows up every crumb and tiny speck of cotton that falls anywhere on it and so you can be constantly vacuuming to keep the surface looking good. Also, where brown or red carpet tends not to look too bad when dirty, black carpet shows up every speck of dirt instanly!

OK, so I am the person who cleans our carpet – that’s how I know. That said, black carpet has always been popular and it looks good in almost any setting. Here is the pattern as a carpet in my simple living room set where it looks stylish and just a little out of the ordinary to lift the atmosphere of the room.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Midcentury Inspired Carpet Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Midcentury Inspired Carpet Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Midcentury Inspired Carpet Design

I’m lucky to have some skill in 3D design which enables me to show off the patterns I create as if they were being used as, for example, wallpaper or fabric on an article of clothing,

In this case I am using my 3D set to showcase the use of a pattern as it might look as a mid-century carpet material. I created the design intending it to be used as fashion material and, in that role, it looked good but as a carpet I think it looks even better.

According to my notes made at the time, the colour of the background is Post Office red while the motif is magnolia, chocolate, golden brown and anchusa (which is a type of blue flower). These colours are taken from the mid-century British Standard colours in use at the time.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

New 70s Stair Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

New 70s Stair Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

New 70s Stair Carpet Swatch

The 1970s was a time to calm down the hectic riot of the mid-century decades before and concentrate on living perhaps a little more gracefully yet enjoying the ideas and innovations that the 1960s had brought.

One motif that the 1970s seemed to like was the circle and it appeared in wallpaper designs and elsewhere. This pattern, I have chosen to use it for carpet, is the sort of design that I think you would have been able to see in most carpet shops of the period.

My notes give me a long list of the motif colours as crimson, Pacific blue, orange, poppy red, eau de nil, mustard, oxlip, chocolate, golden brown, mimosa and lovely montella. As I frequently say, I often find myself changing colours and I forget to update the notes. In this case it looks as if all the colours mentioned did not make into the final design although by the look of it most did.

The background is an image rather than a solid colour intended to give more of an impression of carpet texture – you can see this better in the additional detail image on my Flickr account. Note that although the design is very 1970s, the set is more modern, designed and coloured to show off the carpet as well as I am able.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

Cinema 4D Irawan Cloth Shader

Cinema 4D Irawan Shader

Cinema 4D Irawan Shader

Since release 16 (I think) Cinema 4D has had its own cloth shader in the reflectance channel, the Irawan Shader, and I have been waiting for a good time to try it out.

Well, that time has arrived and the post yesterday used that shader for both the material on the sofa and the carpet. For those interested in such things I have posted above (and on Flickr) a detail of the image which shows the effect better.

For both textures I used only the reflectance channel, using a coloured layer mask in much the same way that C4D use for their sample materials. Yes, I know there is some moiré which, if I was clever, I would have got rid of by upping the anti-aliasing but overall, I am pleased with the effect.

Mid-Century 1960s Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century 1960s Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century 1960s Carpet Swatch

It’s hard to classify carpet textures as mid-century or later (or, for that matter, earlier) since there is so much similarity in the patterns that were used. For the United Kingdom. however, it is possible to say that mid-century carpets tended to more colourful and to have more complex patterns.

This design is mostly my own but I believe it is the sort of design that the householder might have found acceptable in the early to late 1960s. The background colour is bold which would have fitted into a room of that period and the motif is striking enough to have got the carpet noticed! Fitted carpet – although available since before the war – was still quite new to rooms and so floor covering was an important purchase to which a lot of thought was given.

On a personal note, I have to say that I think carpet looks a lot nicer and sets a room off better than the floor boards which seem so common today. OK, so maybe that is because when I was a child the house in which I lived had floor boarding because carpet was too expensive so maybe that colours my opinion – who knows?

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here

1950’s Red Carpet

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1950’s Red Carpet

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Red Carpet

I am still looking at mid-century carpet and being surprised by the variety and sophistication of the patterns that were available in the United Kingdom in the 1950s.

The design that I am featuring here has its roots in mid-century although, once I had applied it as a texture to the carpet, I was reminded more of the 1970s than the 1950s. However, looking back at the source material that I have, I began to see that the 1950s was producing much more interesting and varied carpet design than is generally realised.

Many of the designs, it is true, were traditional and floral and based on patterns that had graced floors from before the war. However, there is a lot of evidence during the decade for the work of new designers that were beginning to exert their influence during this decade. It is interesting to see the traditional alongside the modern and to see the beginnings of much of the design that would transform the later decades.

Although perhaps a little bright and a little busy, I am confident that this design could well have been available in the 1950s.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

1950’s Green Carpet Pattern

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Green Carpet Pattern

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Green Carpet Pattern

I am in the process of designing a complete set of rooms to represent the early 1950s as it would have existed in the United Kingdom.

One aspect to which I had previously paid little attention is the carpet, using patterns that I created from third-party programs. However, in order to give my work more of a sense of realism I am now creating a range of carpet materials.

This green carpet is shown on the stairway of what was the 1966 house in order simply to show off the carpet rather than to suggest that this carpet would be suitable as stair carpet. In fact, the carpet pattern is intended for use in a lounge although, having said this, and having had the chance to look at the render, I wonder whether the carpet is a little too light for the householder to have chosen.

The rooms are at present under construction but as soon they are ready I will try the carpet although the final pattern may look a little darker.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.