Banners of Persuasion Debuts in Chicago

To coincide with Expo Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, The Rug Company is currently hosting an exhibition, ‘Demons, Yarns and Tales’ by Banners of Persuasion.


Featuring designs by 15 contemporary artists including Kara Walker, Grayson Perry, Fred Tomaselli and Sir Peter Blake, the exhibition explores the lost art of tapestry.

Three years in the making, the show challenges the internationally renowned artists to explore an unfamiliar medium, swapping paint, paper, pencil or ceramics for the ancient art of hand-woven tapestry.


The tapestries were commissioned by Banners of Persuasion, an arts organisation established by The Rug Company founders Christopher and Suzanne Sharp, and have been created in an edition of 5 per piece, each signed by the artist.


For the Private View, Michael Wollaeger, Editorial Director of Interiors Magazine, interviewed Christopher Sharp about the commissioning process, the relevance of traditional craft techniques in the modern art world, and the challenges of creating the exhibition.


Through this exhibition, the notion of tapestry, an art form with a complex and well-documented past, is transformed, enabling us to reconsider it as an illuminating and revelatory format for today’s world.

Click here to listen to a report on the exhibition by National Public Radio, on their Worldview programme: “Weekend Passport – Tapestries, Korean ‘Chuseok’ festival and Persian music”.

The exhibition is open to the public until Friday 19 October in our Chicago showroom: The Rug Company, 320 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654.


Amy on January 11, 2014

Love the large work on the far right of your top photo. Any available? Price??

The Rug Company on January 17, 2014

Hi Amy, the piece you are referring to is Villa Joe by Paul Noble, it was made as a limited edition of five. To find out about availability and pricing please get in touch with our Holland Park showroom.

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