Frank Lloyd Wright Designs Receive Modern Update via Classic Rug Collection’s Barbara Barran
The hallmark of a legend is a legacy that keeps giving. Classic Rug Collection president Barbara Barran learned that firsthand when the manufacturer was challenged by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to update the architect’s iconic designs, not merely reproduce them. “I cropped some and flipped and added to the originals. It was truly a process,” she says. The Signature collection offers hand-knotted wool rugs such as Hoffman, originally proposed for a 1957 home, and hand-tufted wool patterns like David Wright, designed and named for his son in 1954, based on a Liberty magazine illustration. Usonian, a series of cotton flatweaves and vinyl floor cloths, adapts motifs from the perforated boards common in Wright’s affordable homes as an alternative to stained glass. See Schwartz, a 1939 design for a Wisconsin client.