Reproducing the Carpet

A recreated design of Elaine Wormser’s carpet on paper, next to a woven carpet sample and colored yarns in beige, grass green, olive green, and dark and light blue.
Recreated carpet design pattern shown with test sample weaving and custom-dyed yarns

To avoid the potential stress and damage that might result from installing the remaining portions of the original wool carpet, a reproduction floor covering was created in collaboration with the Langhorne Carpet Company. Referencing a fragment of the original carpet, artists recreated Joseph Urban’s design pattern and custom-matched yarns to replicate the carpet’s original colors. Once the design and colors were finalized, weavers used large, industrial looms, like those used when the original carpet was made, to create the new carpet.

WATCH: Langhorne Carpet Company producing the reproduction carpet.