Thursday, November 22, 2012 9:45 AM EST
It’s so refreshing to see area rugs taking off down new design avenues.
The Splurge [below, left]: Woolen dhuri (Goodweave-certified), Bev Hisey; $950
The Steal [above, right]: “Zach” woolen rug, EQ3; $399
No longer are we faced with the simple choice on offer throughout the ’90s and noughties: traditional and patterned vs. modern and plain. The proliferation of bold, graphic shapes in clever chalky hues, repeating across a rug, harks back to mid-century design. In our Eames-rules age, how surprising is that?
Tip: display some vaguely anthropological items, such as hand-carved figurines or rustic bowls, with your graphic-patterned rugs. This gets you maximum mid-century “I am a minimalist but love to curate fine objects” credibility.