A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi

The rugs of Jean Bartel

By: Tamara Pavich/Photography by the Artist

Two years ago, while perusing photos of a rug show, I was captivated by two images. One of them was impressive for its scale and ambition; the other was incredibly vivid. There was something else about them, though. I didn’t know what. I still don’t know what, exactly. We may point to a white outline here, a clever use of color there, complexity in some of these rugs, and striking simplicity in others. Still, there’s something there that defies definition. Commercial patterns, adaptations, or her own original designs: no matter what she hooks, a Jean Bartel rug stands out in a crowd. She endows each of her creations with a certain je ne sais quoi.


Free tutorials, expert tips, exclusive partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!


I have not made this yet so I cannot rate it.

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!


Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Sign In to Your Account

Close Window
Sign In with one of your Social Accounts
Facebook Twitter
Sign In using Email and Password