When designing the leaf rug for the Miller Living Room, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates (KRJDA) referenced textile samples and other design elements already in the room to ensure that the rug would fit in the space. The light green, tan, and pink colors found in the Living Room sofa fabric provided KRJDA with a color palette for the rug.
Thanks to a recent accession of material from the office of KRJDA, we now know that they also collected leaves from the Miller Garden to incorporate into the design.
Color photograph of Living Room sofa, 1995, Box 29, Folder 336, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN. (MHG_Ib_B029_F336_004)
"Gita-Kevin" #8001 green textile sample by Shyam Ahuja, ca. 1994, Box 29, Folder 336, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN. (MHG_Ib_B029_F336_017)