Flat-woven black and white dhurrie rugs have a crisp and contemporary feeling in a room.
I never tire of black and white dhurrie rugs or black and white as a design motif. Lately black and white dhurries have been turning up in designer rooms with terrific effect. Nate Berkus used a Madeline Weinrib it on the floor of a Chicago living room to give some visual buzz to a large living room with several seating areas. Madeline Weinrib is a young designer who creates dynamic and contemporary rugs. Berkus designed the English style sofa and covered it with a linen from Holly Hunt. The faux bamboo chairs are antiques.
Another view of the living room shows how the optical design of the rug helps unify an exceptionally large space with two different seating areas. The black linen sofa picks up the rug’s color scheme. What’s unique to the room, however, is that the rest of the furniture ignores the colors in the rug. So, in essence, the rug becomes a neutral background and keeps the room from looking heavy, which wouldn’t be difficult considering al the brown furniture.
Earlier this week we saw the very same dhurrie carpet used in a virtuoso showhouse playroom in Atlanta — these two rooms could not be more different yet it looks great in both of them. While this one looks like it might have been sourced from Madeline Weinrib it’s actually Ikea’s Stockholm Rand rug which makes sense. Flat weave rugs are practical because they have no pile, can be flipped over and are tightly woven which makes them durable – 3 things to know about dhurries, which Jane T explained some time ago.
Black and white stripes in a rug with a slightly different configuration were also chosen by Berkus for a sophisticated home office with silver leaf walls. A large game board on the wall functions as art. If the look grabs you — I adore this room and would love a home office that looks like this (provided there’s also a closet or armoire for storage) — check out a bold stripe rug from csn, a black and ivory Dash and Albert pattern, and another D&A that resembles mattress ticking – all reasonably priced.
(Source: Elle Décor, Nate Berkus Associates, Westbrook Interiors)
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