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Timeless Rugs


WHAT ARE TIMELESS RUGS?

The trend is no trend but how do you even find that with all of the beautiful room and rug styles out there? Not to mention some of those other little details. Location, size, material, color, pattern, and quality. Add in some scrolling and pinning and you go from timeless to endless rug searching. It sounds like my favorite day ever but if you want a few shortcuts, here are few rugs to consider:

DECORATING WITH TIMELESS RUGS

Here are a few tips for decorating with what we call "timeless rugs:"

Location and material. This is a good place to start. In high traffic areas like the hallway, you might try durable fiber rugs like wool, cotton, or sisal. The same for kitchens and bathrooms. For the living areas or dining room - wool and silk. Wool wins material timelessness for versatility, silk for elegance, cotton, and sisal for simplicity.

Once you’ve determined the material you can start exploring color and patterns. The best colors are the ones that exist in nature. Solids and neutrals or multi-color rugs that use jewel toned reds, blues, and greens, are all typically timeless.

Pattern selection may be a tipping point for whether or not your rug is timeless so relying on the classics always helps. Longest history of rug making earns points for timelessness. The rug types with the richest histories are Persian, Moroccan, Scandinavia, and Vintage.

Persians are well known for their striking beauty and quality. I can’t seem to think of a surface I do not love a Persian on, especially marble or oak. This rug type has more than 2,500 years of history behind it and is still highly sought after by buyers. The intricate designs, often hand woven wool, are works of art. The most common Persian patterns are tribal, medallion, and all-over. Persians are like Paris. Paris is always a good idea.

Moroccan rugs have free-form geometric patterns called trellis and tiles. They mostly use neutral colors and can be used to add warmth to a modern space or as a modern touch to a traditional space. They also come in plush piles which is nice for when a little extra softness and comfort is desired.

Scandinavia rugs are clean and cheery with muted or bold and bright colors. The most classic Scandinavian patterns are geometric but you will also see more exotic designs that use floral and wildlife shapes. Scandinavia rugs are calming and down and to Earth with an understated elegance.

Then there are Vintage rugs. By definition, they are timeless and have probably already lived through the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s in another home very stylishly. Vintage rugs are typically high quality and increase in value over time making them a great investment. When in doubt, there is what you love. You will know it when you see it.

Decorating with Timeless Rugs
Decorating with Timeless Rugs

Becki Owens

PRO TIPS FROM PARK & OAK

The key to creating a look that is timeless and one of a kind is layering different textures and focusing on the details. By combining the texture of a rug, with a linen sofa, a brass coffee table, an interesting pillow, and plant, you can create a space that is interesting and unique to your home. For more design ideas like this one, visit our website: parkandoak.com.


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