Archive | Rugs

Rugs set the tone for any room. As foundation pieces, their colors, styles, materials and sizes are important choices. Whether antique or modern, a vintage carpet or wall-to-wall broadloom, rugs have both practical and aesthetic roles to play in every home.

Zebra on the Floor

mid-century zebra print kilim in a dining space – AD via Atticmag

Zebra print carpets are so enduring, every shape, size and variation is available, from skin-shape throw rugs to broadloom.

So if I’m going for pattern and high contrast on the floor, zebra print carpets are an  obvious solution. First, they are black and white, which means they go with almost everything. Zebra is a bold carpet pattern but it’s less slinky than leopard or tiger. And while any animal print is a traditional pick, I find the zebra pattern can look quite modern when it’s pushed by other elements. Sublimely abstract in a mid-20th century Persian kilim [top] the zebra rug in a Sagaponack summer house hardly looks its age.… Continue Reading

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Vintage but Modern Rugs

vintage rugs - Missoni Ski Resort Postcard Rug, 1992 - Nazmiyal via Atticmag

Some vintage rugs from the mid-20th century golden age of home design look surprisingly current.

That saying “old is new again” is never more true than when it comes to home décor. Revival styles cross oceans and centuries. They are embellished and sampled. And yet, sometimes originals manage to look so fresh and contemporary it’s surprising to learn they are 20 or 50 or even 80 years old. Vintage rugs, and some antique carpets acquired by the high-end retailer Nazmiyal, in New York, would be great for a design quiz. I doubt that even a European furniture expert could correctly ID the age and origin of every one.… Continue Reading

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Cozy Up To Shearling

sheepskin rug in playroom teepee

A collection of ideas using these plush area rugs.

Shearling pillows and upholstering on stools have been around for awhile, but the current trend is to toss the tough-wearing rugs anywhere and everywhere for softness or added warmth.  A pair of Ghost chairs are covered with flokati rugs in this desk area.  The shaggy look is made by weaving together long wool yarn.

Inexpensive faux sheepskin rugs from IKEA are placed on either the seats or backs of these Ghost chairs around a dining room table.

Cover a bed for a cozy reading corner.  Flip it over to use as a blanket at nap time. … Continue Reading

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Summer and Stripes

royal blue and white striped living room rug

Is it reasonable to think that my rugs could, and should, be seasonal?

It’s hot and humid outside and my beloved Oriental carpets are feeling a little heavy. I do have a lot of them — the joke around here is that we live at “rug mart.” So, along with my reaction to what our pal Nancy of Silver Magpies recently defined in a comment as my post-moving “clutteritis,” I appear to be developing a taste for summer rugs, which explains why striped, flat-woven dhurries have been looking so cool and attractive to me.

This latest syndrome began the other day in our guest room where I parked the indestructible fuchsia Chinese Deco carpet purchased for my single-girl bedroom 25 years ago.… Continue Reading

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Black and White Dhurrie Rugs

wide black and white striped flat weave rug in home office by Nate Berus

Flat-woven rugs feel  crisp and contemporary.

I never tire of black and white as a design motif and lately I’ve noticed it turning up on the floor. Nate Berkus used it on the floor to give some visual buzz to an otherwise neutral living room.

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. 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.… Continue Reading

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Same Room, Different Rugs II

contemporary room with modern color-block rug

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.… Continue Reading

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