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Oriental Rugs in Modern Spaces

June 9, 2010

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12 Comments
  1. Mom permalink
    June 9, 2010 10:06 pm

    I love it.

  2. misst permalink
    June 27, 2010 1:47 am

    I think it is SPECTACULAR! Seriously. And you know my house has its share of oriental rugs. And, can I just say OMG to the photos of your Aunt and Uncle’s pad? Tres cool. Want that bedroom like a dream!!!!

  3. July 14, 2010 1:46 pm

    The rug is lovely. We have a Persian rug, though it is contemporary and not as charming as yours. I prefer but the battered, vintage look but it has been pleasant to break it in…

  4. July 15, 2010 12:01 am

    Amazing, phenomenal colors and the geometric pattern will completely compliment your aesthetic. I know what you mean about the rug thing, I’m color-phobic, but when my boyf pulled out his grandma’s giant, antique, baby pink, very rococo rug I thought I might pass out placing it under all of our mid century stuff. But seriously it was so good, it made the whole room feel less forced and more lived in. Yay for breaking rules.

  5. Uncle Tom permalink
    July 15, 2010 3:44 am

    I really didn’t think you were paying any attention to my blithering about rugs. Looks like I was wrong… still, you should have bought that pretty little Caucasian piece we saw that day at the estate sale! It was a great buy. I’ve got my eye on you.

    • July 15, 2010 4:01 am

      I know, I know! I make mistakes. I’m looking for a good cheap one for the living room, but good god there’s some awful stuff out there! I’m trying to get an education but I hope you’re game for a few more rug chats, master.

  6. Uncle Tom permalink
    July 16, 2010 1:48 am

    What is the ideal size for the LR?

    • July 16, 2010 3:37 am

      Anything between about 4′-6′ x 7′-9′. Are you just dying to get rid of (/lend me) a rug?!

  7. September 14, 2010 9:27 pm

    I heart craigslist. I just found an 8X11 antique, hand knotted red oriental rug with a floral pattern. It will complement an abstract oil painting we have over our mantel. I was reading though, that if you have a busy rug as your focal point to keep everything else simple or else focal points will compete. Anybody else run into this?

    • September 15, 2010 3:04 am

      I think that’s probably sound advice to an extent, but my oh-so-unqualified feeling is that it’s more about what YOU’RE comfortable with and what looks balanced to you than any hard and fast rule. For example, I think busy patterned duvet covers look bad with my rug (so far I’ve just kept white linens all around), but I have a pretty busy piece of arton the wall (and plan to hang more), and I don’t think the two things compete. But sometimes you just need to see it all together to know!

      • Uncle Tom permalink
        September 15, 2010 1:56 pm

        After 40 years of collecting and decorating many, many apartments and homes I believe that if you acquire stuff you love and bring it into your space it just seems to all come together. Daniel is spot on… what works for you – what makes you happy – is what works. Learn to trust your own eye.

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