A rug, to quote the Dude from The Big Lebowski, can truly pull a space together. In fact, whole rooms have been constructed around rugs. But, with so many possibilities, how can you be sure you’re getting the best rug for you?
Picking a rug based on your style archetype is one method to cut down your options. Certain styles of rugs are almost always appropriate for the New Traditionalist, Naturalist, Eclectic, or Curator. Here are some ideas to help you simplify the rug-buying process.
Oriental carpets in the New Traditionalist style are almost associated with the style. Those with complex flowers, medallions, and various borders, in particular—Isfahan, Tabriz, Agra, Oushak, Mashad—contribute to the ageless sophistication for which this style is recognised.
Of course, they aren’t your only possibilities. Adding an Oriental rug into the mix may be too much of a good thing, especially if your space is heavy on antiques and patterns. After all, the style is called New Traditionalist rather than Traditionalist. A flat-weave rug with a basic design, such as two-tone stripes or a blue-and-white arabesque, provides a fresh, surprising alternative to a traditional space. Dhurries and other flat-weaves assist to soften the formality of a New Traditionalist room, and many are reversible or simple to clean, making them a practical option for families with children and pets.
A solid-color rug or one with a slight tone-on-tone design is another option. A neutral rug with a carved Greek key design, for example, shows a centuries-old theme in a modern way—and what could be more New Traditionalist than that?
Eclectic style, by definition, can accept almost any sort of rug—this is a look that’s all about the combination. Having saying that, certain carpets exemplify Eclectic living. Moroccan carpets are at the top of the list. Shaggy Beni Ourains, which often contain black geometric designs on a light base, provide intriguing texture without adding distracting colours. If you want to add some colour, try a Boucherouite, a vivid Moroccan spin on the rag rug.
Hide and sheepskin rugs are two more methods to add texture to an Eclectic space. Consider a Persian rug with geometric designs and dramatic colours, like as a Hamadan or a Heriz, if you like your Eclectic with a side of traditional elegance. Try an antique Oriental rug that has been overdyed for a style that is both traditional and boho. You really can’t go wrong.
Congratulations if you expected natural-fiber rugs to be the go-to floor covering choice for Naturalist style. The natural textures of jute, sisal, and sea grass provide a touch of earthiness. While natural-fiber carpets fit perfectly in with the neutral Naturalist palette in their undyed condition, they’re also now available in a startling variety of colours and patterns, ideal if you’re sick of tans and ivories.
You’re also not confined to using natural fibres to get that earthy feel. The rug on the right is handwoven of polyester, while the one on the left is made of recycled plastic. Both have the appearance of jute or sisal but are more resilient, simpler to clean, and may be used both inside and outdoors.
The Naturalist aesthetic is further enhanced by hides and sheepskins. Not to mention that wool is a natural fabric as well. A heather wool rug with threads of similar but not precise colours can bring depth and elegance to the foundation of your space without detracting from its relaxed atmosphere.