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NOV-DEC 2018

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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Other designs may be less literal interpretations of a complete garden but still contain profuse floral elements. Weavers may simplify or artfully exaggerate blooms for poetic effect. Clinical depiction of flowers isn't their motive. But there are iconic floral motifs to know. "These motifs can be large or small and found in many different types of rugs," says Paige Albright of Paige Albright Orientals in Birmingham, Alabama. "What I find interesting is how the old motifs are also used in modern carpets, often stylized and over- scaled to create a new version rooted in tradition." ABOVE: For a home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, designer Richard Keith Langham included an antique Persian Sultanabad carpet. OPPOSITE: James Farmer used a circa 1900 Turkish Oushak. "The colors all meld together for a classically chic look, then and now," he says. GUL Persian for flower, this motif is octagonal or angular and associated with tribal emblems. According to Stone, the gul is usually repeated to form an allover pattern. BOTEH A leaflike shape or stylized teardrop that became known as paisley in the West. Persian for bush or cluster of leaves, boteh may be highly detailed or simple, and the motif often appears in the field of a rug, forming an overall pattern. OTTOMAN A stylized, almost geometric interpre - tation of tulips and fan-shaped carnations depicted from the side to emphasize the blossoms' unmistak - able profiles. LOTUS A Buddhist symbol of purity, the lotus is assoc iated with Chinese rugs but is used cross-culturally. It may also suggest summer, fruitfulness, and happiness. ARABESQUE A tendril-like vegetal ornament used in Islamic art, this motif typically incorporates leaves or blossoms. Split-leaf styles are known as rumi. MUGHAL-STYLE A more naturalistic but still poetic depiction of flowering plants, like poppies and cockscomb, often shown in profile and arranged in rows. Influences include European botanical drawings and Indian and Persian art. 62 | N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 PHOTOS BY TREL BROCK (LEFT) AND EMILY FOLLOWILL For more information, see Sources, page 84 F LO RA L PAT T E R N S

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