Some of the most important design pieces in the Miller House and Garden in Columbus, IN are the custom rugs designed by Alexander Girard. Located in the dining room, entry foyer, and den, the three main rugs feature bright colors and unique patterns and designs. Archival material in the Miller House and Garden Collection at the IMA Archives documents all aspects of the creation, installation, and restoration of these amazing rugs in the home of J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller.
These yarn samples represent colors that were common in all of the rugs, but as a group they most likely represent the color palette of the dining room rug, pictured above in situ. Not only are these samples and the rest of the rug-related archival material interesting to see, but they are also very useful, and have informed restoration measures on more than one occasion. Bradley Brooks, Director of Historic Resources and Assistant Curator (American Decorative Arts), wrote a fantastic blog post all about the recent restoration of the den rug: check it out here!
And be sure to revisit the Edward Fields rug renderings that were previously shared on the Tumblr:
Dining Room Rug Rendering, Edward Fields, 2008
Entry Foyer Rug Rendering, Edward Fields, 2008
Den Rug Rendering, Edward Fields, 2008
Colored yarn samples, Box 90, Folder 40, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_IVa_B090_F040_001-010)