Picnic Blanket is part of the five designs Edward Fields commissioned to Raymond Lowey in 1952. The designs featured organic patterns in natural and celestial motifs. Originally designed to introduce the concept of “area rugs” and break from the tradition of wall-to-wall carpet, the collection ultimately revolutionized the role of the carpet in home decor. This design is expertly tufted by skilled artisans.
Raymond Loewy, a Paris-born, US-based industrial designer, is celebrated for his broad range of design work from the late 1920s through the 1970s. Loewy is best known for his iconic designs such as the Lucky Strike cigarette package, the slenderized Coca-Cola bottle, the streamlined Greyhound bus, and more. Loewy’s rug designs for Edward Fields are simultaneously nostalgic and timeless, featuring geometric patterns in natural and celestial motifs. The most widely recognized design, Picnic Blanket, was ordered for the Kaufmann desert house in Palm Springs, one of the most iconic mid-century homes in the US.