Daniƫlle van Ark

During one of my searches for old postcards I was going through a bin and came across this image. I thought it was a beautiful image and I kept looking at it, what was this? It holds the middle between bourgeois and fancy, but those concrete tiles on the floor don't add up. Turns out the sand carpets are an old Dutch tradition (late 1800's) in the province of Drenthe in many farms. They didn't know about carpets at those farms, and to make the house nice, the farmers wifes would make the living room neat, usually once a week by making a sand carpet. They could show their creativity here as well. Sometime later I used this idea of a sandcarpet in my own work and made huge sandcarpets with Eastern and contemporary symbols.