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.

Dark Red Stair Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

Dark Red Stair Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

Dark Red Stair Carpet

This is part of the 1966 West Avenue set which has been brought up to date and shows the hall and stairs as it would look if the house had just been purchased and refurbished by its new owner.

The property is a three bedroom, semi-detached house built just before the Second World War and is similar to many thousand that exist in the United Kingdom.

A first for me, this is, I think, my first carpet design and, in fact, this design was intended solely as stair carpet. So many houses that I see on the internet do not have decorative carpeted stairs which I think makes them look very ordinary, plain and non-descript. This design, which has strong mid-century roots and also mid-century colours, is intended to look good, enhance the dimensions of the stairs and prove inviting for both a visitor and the homeowner.

I have used chrome bars to run across each stair in order to hold the carpet in place, although it would be equally good with any other form of modern fastening.

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.

A 70s Style Carpet

Carpet textures for 3D work are notorious difficult to make so I was pleased that this carpet texture turned out so well.

This mid-century design follows 1970s carpet styles when patterns were present on almost all carpets you could buy. As the decades wore on, patterning seems to have gotten less and less prevalent until today it is hard to find a carpet that has a pattern at all! However, in the 1970s all that was to come and patterned carpet, after the excesses of the 1960s, had settled down to become a firm favourite. It is this settled period of mature patterning that this design tries to emulate when simple shapes and rich colouring were to be found in most rooms of the house.

The design was created in Xara Designer while the room was put together in Cinema 4D which was used for the render.

You can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

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Carpet pattern for a main room inspired by mid-century designs

Carpet pattern for a main room inspired by mid-century designs

Carpets were out of fashion recently but perhaps they can be tempted back with my excellent design shown here.

Inspired by mid-century motifs, colours and designs, it is intended to be directional which is seen better in the swatch. Rather than a ’tile’ pattern, this has a simple ‘way’ to it that takes the viewers eye forward into and across the room.

The pattern was made in Xara Designer and the image produced in Cinema 4D using a set that I have used many times before (so many times that it ought to have a name by now).