During the course of my design adventures rugs have easily become a huge inspiration of mine! Not only rugs themselves but I have found myself being extremely interested in what makes that particular style work, how they are paired, and who gravitates towards those particular styles. Just like you can tell a lot about a person by the type of music they listen to, or what type of books they read, in the design world, you can tell a lot about a person by the style of rug they choose!
NATURAL FIBER RUGS
Natural fiber rugs are some of my favorites because of their versatility and their beautifully woven and natural look. Some of the common natural fiber rugs include the jute, sisal, or sea grass rugs, that will have a geometric pattern woven throughout the natural-colored rug. They are great for families due to their durability, and they can be used in just about any space in a home, whether its a bedroom, living room, kitchen, or dining room! They are a great way to brighten up a space, and can easily cozy up a space in a non-claustrophobic way. If you gravitate towards natural fiber rugs, then you most likely enjoy a more tranquil and relaxed setting and could go any direction with a style, whether it's rustic, coastal, modern or more traditional.
Traditional rugs originated in Persia and will normally feature bordered medallions, flower and vine motifs, and can include rich colors like crimson, gold, and navy. If you're like me, where you love those bright red Persian rugs, just know what we now call "traditional rugs" originated as Persian rugs! I have always loved their richness of color but also their defined design within the outside borders, that helps bring class and definition to a room, like seating and dining areas, or even a living room with a rectangle coffee table. If you like a more classic and timeless space, a traditional rug might just suit your fancy!
Dhurries are those flat-woven, fun symmetrical, and geometrically designed rugs that you see in all sorts of colors! They have been woven by hand in India using cotton, wool, jute, or silk since the ancient times. Today, the craft continues to where they are affordable, reversible, and because of their visual impact, they are a great way to bring personality to a smaller space such as a kids' room, or a home office. Ready for some color? If you've got a fun and creative side, a cheerful dhurrie rug will bring out that inspiration and splash of color in your life!
Much like Dhurries, Kilims are slightly more of a tighter woven than dhurries, and they are normally produced from the Balkans to Pakistan. While still having that fun and vivid visual affect, they will have more of a thin striped pattern or have small geometric shapes of all different colors throughout the rug. Kilims are a great way to spice up your entry way with a colorful patterned kilim runner, or adding some personality to a living room with a kilim area rug. If you're more of a modern sophisticated creative, I definitely recommend a Kilim! It's very stylish but versatile when it comes to designing!
We don't hear the name very often, but ikat is actually a textile-dying technique that originated in Indonesia. The technique is very similar to tie-dying where the yarns would be dyed before being woven together. Ikat rugs will have more of a larger and bolder pattern, where it can definitely give off a global and exotic vibe to any room. If the ikat rug catches your eye, chances are you like to find ways to somehow incorporate some of your inner cultural and exotic personality to your outside world of fashion and design.
Speaking of exotic, Moroccan rugs are typically made of wool or cotton, engraving a simpler and larger geometric pattern across the rug. Not surprisingly, they originated in Morocco, where it can be used both in the higher and cooler mountain ranges with the shaggy high-pile rugs, and also in the lower and hotter desert areas with lighter weight style rugs. Moroccan rugs are so fun to play around with, whether its for more of a plush and exotic look in a living room, or if it's to cozy up your clean and creative office space! If you lean towards the moroccan rug, you just might enjoy designing with some bohemian chic or some modern elements to tie in!
Nowadays, there are so many rugs to choose from, so where do you start? The designer rule says, start with rugs as your inspiration! Which one do you gravitate towards?