7 Oriental-Inspired Rugs Remix Real Google Earth Images


Oriental rugs are all about detail – but not in itself; rather, details are the basis for repetitive patterns that form whole impressions. One creator remixes this small-but-large tradition with modern Google Earth imagery.

Drawn to aerial views of strange-shaped cities from strangely decentralized Los Angeles to strip-centric Las Vegas, German designer David Hanauer bends and reflects urban plans in his textile creations.

As with traditional variants, there is often a central feature and then a series of radial and bilateral symmetries that quickly get the mind thinking more in terms of carpets than cities.

With only minor modifications to what he finds, these collages sometimes even include a piece of the (watermark) word ‘Google’ and rarely involve radical altercations – they simply reflect and transpose original pictures in a new context.

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