The idea of translating an artist's work from canvas or paper into a rug for the floor (or wall) has been going on for more than two hundred years. The Museum of Modern Art in New York exhibited eleven new rugs designed by ten American artists in 1942. These eleven rugs were designed by abstract artists that included Arshile Gorky and Stuart Davis. "Art rugs offer the client a sense of buying into the art world," says Lucy Upward, editor of Cover, a London-based magazine focusing on contemporary carpets. Art rugs are distinctive and create a feast for the eyes. Art rugs are modern masterpieces that showcase legendary artistic works. The aesthetic value, as well as the collectible nature of limited edition art rugs, makes them coveted by art collectors and rug aficionados alike.