Famed Glass Artist Dale Chihuly Debuts New Rug Collection

These aren’t your mama’s rugs.

Dale Chihuly's magical glass sculptures are known throughout the world, in cities, museums, and gardens from Atlanta to Japan. Suspended from soaring ceilings and displayed on pedestals, his delicate blown glass is better seen than touched.

But now, thanks to a new limited-edition collection with The Rug Company, you can walk on it. (With shoes off, please and thank you.) These statement pieces will cost you, but if you ask us, they're worth every penny.

Dale Chihuly Rugs
Artwork © Chihuly Studio Photograph by Nathaniel Willson

Each of the five rugs in the collection—which start at $137 per square foot—were inspired by his previous work in glass. Like Chihuly, we're particularly partial to the flowering orbs of Rosette. Speaking with Architectural Digest, he described the nebulous design as "really a celebration of form, scale, and color."

"I am so pleased with the five rug designs which are derived from my series in glass, including Persians, Cylinders, and Macchia," he said in a statement. "If you're familiar with my work, you'll notice the organic, irregular forms that people have come to know in the Rosette and Poplar rugs, as well as finer details, such as the glass thread pickup designs featured in the Cylinder and Harvest rugs."

While some might be surprised to see him venture into floor coverings, for Chihuly, it felt almost inevitable.

"Since my college days of weaving textiles, I have long appreciated the talent involved in creating objects of such lasting beauty and functionality," he told Architectural Digest. "Taking this step into the world of rugs [was] a natural progression for me."

We'll take one for every room, please!

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