The power of a single rug to transform a room should not be underestimated.
In the past, I’ve saved a photo of a room with a rug I particularly like, then stumbled upon one of the same room with the carpet switched out. Now it’s happened again! Just as before, the first rug is an Oriental while the second happens to be modern.
This dramatic house, by Los Angeles architect Stephen Kanner has a living room with an amazing view and classic 20th Century Mies van der Rohe Barcelona table and chairs so many architects favor. But my eye was immediately drawn to the warm colors of the fine antique Heriz rug, known as a Serapi, on the floor. If the rug in the picture is genuinely old, it can easily command a price in the $50,000 range. Serapis are very finely woven, which gives the design high definition. Colors are usually subdued compared to the vibrant reds, blues and rusts of Heriz. Serapi red is a softer, pumpkin color. The pile is lower and these are classic old-time Persian design and colors. The effect is classic.
The strong character of the living room is pushed in a different direction by a boldly modern color-block rug titled Square Compressions. The architect, and his teenage daughter Caroline, designed and produced this collection in collaboration with Ariana Rugs, a gallery founded by two L.A. dealer brothers from Afghanistan in 1990. The spirited pattern of the contemporary carpet lacks the mellowness and subtlety of the antique floor covering but gives the room a freshness that feels contemporary on its own.
(Source: Kanner Architects)
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