The Generative Process Of Rug Making

The completion of any room in a home can often be made by the insertion of soft furnishings, and rug designers (and makers) often come from many different backgrounds. Taidgh O€™Neill has a background in construction and historic restoration, and during his fine art school days studied photography. An eclectic mix of academia, with so many influences the result is a distinct graphic collection of rugs.

Of generative process (when a finite set of rules are applied in order to produce something unknown), O'Neill is said to begin his rug design by creating an architectural structure or element via a 3D rendering program. Upon simulating the sunlight within the software (against a set of rules, of course) to generate multiple casting shadows, O'Neill then looks for shadow and tone as he rotates the view to find an interesting composition. After a final rendering of only the interesting parts within the image, the specific Pantone colours assist the layout that is sent to a weaver for production. Woven in India using silk that is reclaimed from sari production, O'Neill's rugs are distinct and of a certain appeal for the aspirational homeowner.

A brief insight into the production process of one designer, whilst you may initially think that generative processes against a set of rules can offer only limited results, it is such limits that in fact create limitless results.

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