How to find the popular striped area rugs you see in these room décor photos.
A recent post on hallway area rugs prompted a response from a reader who inquired where to locate the contemporary rug featured in the first photo of the article. It was a terrific question because it got me thinking how many times I have viewed designer and magazine photos that left me wondering where an item could be purchased. And although designers often utilize “to the trade” sources, with my background in rugs, I can usually locate the manufacturer or a similar style carpet. So here’s a shout out to Corrie for asking a great question and a few examples that should get you started on your search.
Starting with the least expensive is the Andy Warhol Pop rug from Sphinx by Oriental Weavers. Made of polypropylene (recycled plastic), it is machine made in Egypt. Warhol fans will delight in the entire line based upon his iconic art. Hand-woven rugs are also available.
Library rug, in Slate and Spice, from Room & Board is a 100% wool hand-tufted rug made in India. Two nice things about this choice: It is customizable by the inch, so you can order in the exact size you require and rug swatches are available. If you are purchasing rugs off the internet, this is a must to determine color accuracy.
New Hampshire based Company C’s “Sun Kissed” rug is the one I felt was closest in color to the example Corrie was asking about. This 100% wool rug is both tufted and hooked offering a two-textured feel and look.
The tufted sections are a cut pile while the hooked area consists of tight loops. Go a step further with their fabrics and accessories in complimentary colors to coordinate with your rug choice.
For the best wearing and highest quality, look to rugs that are hand-knotted. You’ll pay more but your dollar will go further. The Tibetan Stripes runner is from Safavieh–a name synonymous with quality. In addition to this modern style choice, Safavieh offers oriental and antique rugs as well as their Couture line of designer rugs.
(Sources: Oriental Weavers, Room and Board, Company C, Safavieh)
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