Monday, January 14, 2013

Evolving Style: Traditional Rug Revival

One thing I love about design is that my taste is always evolving, and I have an opportunity to enjoy things that I've overlooked in the past. My taste has become more eclectic as I become more immersed in the design world and appreciate the way trends have come and gone over time.

For example, I used to think that the only types of rugs I ever wanted in my house were simple patterns, like a trellis pattern or the Moroccan patterns that have been in lately.

Via Alice Lane
I still really like this look and think it suits certain spaces well, but lately I've really come to appreciate more traditional rugs too. They are starting to pop up in a lot of contemporary spaces, I love the way they add a sense of well-worn history to a space. The scale of the pattern can add color in a way that creates more subtle depth in the space than two-color patterned rugs. I also love how they can make a space seem formal but cozy and inviting at the same time. And as Alix pointed out in the comments of this post, these rugs still look gorgeous after they are old and worn.

Via Emily Henderson
Len Morgan via Elle Decor
Via Maria Killam
Miles Redd via Mrs. Blandings
I'm especially enjoying over-dyed traditional rugs. They bring the same subtle pattern as a traditional oriental rug, but give an updated spin on the look. They also seem to be hitting the market across the board, with places like West Elm selling their own versions of the look (like this and this).

Bob and Cortney Novogratz via Apartment Therapy
Austin Furniture And Accessories Urbanspace Interiors via Houzz
Someday I will have a beautiful home and will be able to afford beautiful rugs to define spaces and make them cozy...someday...


  1. The cool thing, and you can see this in the Emily Henderson photo with the blue rug, is that they still look great even when they're a bit worn down. Makes it a bit easier to spend money.

  2. The rugs look so beautiful. I have seen some Traditional Rugs in Melbourne, they were so beautiful and gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Keep exploring.


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