Audubon-Inspired Rugs

There’s something beautiful about naturalist John James Audubon’s 19th century quest to paint every bird in America, and that’s before you even open a copy of his seminal work, Birds of America. But of course when you do flip through the book, it’s hard not to be inspired by Audubon’s gorgeous paintings of parakeets, herons and mourning doves. That’s exactly what happened to two Italian designers, Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, who created three limited-edition needlepoint rugs for rug atelier Nodus that reference both the subject matter and aesthetic of Audubon’s book. Gazza (named after the Italian word for its subject, a magpie) is pictured above; the other two patterns are called Aquila (eagle) and Pettirosso (robin).

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