Handmade by a group of Turkish artisans using recycled textiles, Project Americana features 18 unique interpretations of the American Flag assembled in unconventional arrangements infused with electric color.
Project Americana originated with the intention of encouraging design without boundaries through the freedom of expression and reviving lost folk art traditions.
Flags are known as some of the earliest examples of Americana. For the first 135 years of its existence, the design for the American national flag was left open to interpretation and imagination. It was not until 1912, that a formal design standard was adopted.
ABC commissioned a group of artisans from a remote village in the southern mountain region of Turkey to create the American flag without any creative direction or reference materials. The artisans were given an assortment of textiles, denim and vintage carpet remnants in a wide variety of colors, patterns and textures. Each rug was hand-constructed using traditional quilting methods.
The designs are reflective of each artist’s individual interpretation of the American flag and creative spirit. The compositions take shape in many forms from abstract star and stripe renditions in contrasting neon hues to designs reminiscent of the Canadian and British flags. The design diversity will enable each style to compliment a variety of aesthetics and serve many functions, from wall art to floor art.
Gilt Groupe has partnered with ABC Carpet & Home to host an exclusive sale of this limited-edition collection of patriotic rugs called Project American on June 24th.