Rugs...... My Ongoing Addiction
I have a confession to make, I'm addicted to rugs! There I said it..... I spend way to much time trawling the web for fab rugs, it's even taken over from my Rightmove addiction of late..... But then we all know how a great rug can completely change the whole vibe of a room and one thing's for sure they're not only for the floor! They make great throws on sofas, chairs and beds and are being seen hung on the wall more often these days like a large piece of art, which I guess makes sense if you've just splashed out a few grand on a handmade or vintage one.
I have berber style rugs, sheepskins, jute rugs, patterned rugs, cowhides, round rugs and runners in my home..... But it's never enough there is always another rug I'm coverting.... If I could choose any I think it would have to be a hand woven original berber carpet.
The only problem with having so many in our house is the husband who it seems suffers from rug blindness! No matter how many times I tell him to remove his shoes before walking through the rug laden house it just doesn't compute..... When I pull him up on it he responds with 'but we've got wooden floors'...... 'Yes sweetheart' I say in my most loving wife voice 'but what about the blimmin rugs!'..... Funnily enough my teenage kids get it! Go figure!
I have various styles of rugs and I like to layer them up, adding different textures , styles and pattern. I particularly like using them in this way in our sitting room which is such a cosy room. I also have a patterned blue rug and a couple of sheepskin rugs on the sofas in there. Rugs can essentially do the same job as cushions on your furniture adding interest, colour and texture and if you fancy a change can be easily moved about.
I do love a beautiful sheepskin and in my opinion the only place to get them is from cowboykate.co.uk. I have six of Kate's sheepskins the quality is fabulous and she stocks so many colours and patterns all handpicked by Kate for their quality and colour...... I'm a little obsessed with them and have six now and can often be found brushing them, yes really!..... But more on those sheepies later!
It wasn't that long ago that if you put a rug in the kitchen people would think you were a little mad but these days it's become more of the norm..... I guess mainly because our kitchens are seen as living areas these days rather than just somewhere to prepare food. They're a great way to add colour in a neutral kitchen and as kitchen floors are almost always tiles, wood or laminate unless you are lucky enough to have underfloor heating they can feel cold underfoot, rugs add warmth on those cold winter mornings as well as style.
Recently I've been scouring the internet for a new rug. Since we got the petrol blue sofa and put the wallpaper up in the open plan area off the kitchen I've been feeling that the large jute rug I have there just doesn't work anymore. I still like the smaller round ones but I don't like the jute next to the velvet sofa. It's not an easy area to add pattern to, as it's open plan you can see it from the front to the back of the house, and of course it also needs to work with the kitchen decor and that beautifully patterned wallpaper.
Pinterest and instagram are my go to places for rug inspo, here are three of my favourite accounts......
The fabulous home of Jen Streeter is a master class in boho glam and she uses various styles of rug to great effect in her fabulous home.
Alexandra uses rugs throughout her stunning boho home, they are layered up and draped over furniture and styled to perfection, her home is such an inspiration to me, I love it!
In my opinion Lisa is the queen of patterned rugs! She styles them effortlessly within her beautiful home, often moving them about, Lisa's home is always evolving and somehow she manages to make it more beautiful each time! Hers was one of the first interior accounts I followed on Instagram, and was the person who made me realise that I should have rugs in my kitchen too!
So, lets have a look at some different styles of rugs, all of which I have in my home or have been considering getting to sit next to my new sofa....
Berber carpets are carpets hand-woven by the Berber autochthones in North Africa and the Sahara. The carpets come in traditional and modern designs, which are distinguished by different knotting patterns, dyes and fabric textures. The origin carpet weaving by the Berber populations dates back several millennia. The hand spun cloth they created was named for the individual tribe, and they used natural fibers to create cloaks, rugs, and other fabrics
Today, there are numerous types of modern Berber carpet made from a wide variety of materials and are very popular, available in nearly every homewares store that sells rugs.
Beni Ovarian Carpet - £995
A very sofy and silky hand woven Beni Ouarain carpet, with a soft meandering lozenge grid, bordered with a thick edging in dark brown (charcoal in a few places). Lovely personal touches include little symbols placed randomly at the edges of the compositon, In buttery cream pure wool on a fine cotton base, with one area of soft colour transfer
Afaw Berber Style Rug - From £99
Seen in many Instagram homes this is a berber style rug inspired by traditional weaving techniques....... THE La Redoute Rug is so popular it even has its own Instagram account..... You'll even find my La Redoute rug on there!
Boucherouite Rug - From £360
Boucherouite rugs (pronounced boo-shay-REET) is an arabic phrase to describe torn and recycled threads, as described the boucherouite or "rag rug" are made by berber women of the high atlas mountains of Morocco.
Boucherouite rugs are wonderfully eclectic and full of texture with bold striking colour tones and absract designs, you may have seen the boucherouite displayed as a wall hanging because of their artful nature. Each peice is unique so you will never find two identical rugs as they are woven free hand using only the expression and imagination of its weaver, creating a true peice of berber art.
Golden Wool Rug - £250.00
Bright colours, unique patterns and plenty of texture make the Golden Wool Rug a striking addition. The vast rug displays intricate details, merging different patterns and textures within its design. Gold stands out against grey and white tones, adding depth to the neutral palette, with the bold colour popping against a more washed backdrop.
Beige Cowhide £249 www.nordichidesandskins.co.uk
This natural collection of nordic style Cowhide Rugs feature mixed tones of cream, light brown and beige.
The hides are premium quality which have rich, soft and supple skin with and velvety finish. All the hides at Nordic Hides and Skins are ethically sourced and are a bi product of the meat industry. These hides are hand selected from Brazil and quaranteed Grade A quality.
'Cranes In Trees' from £895
Neutral 100% wool based rug with shimmering details in red, gold and black viscose. Inspired by Chinese Symbolism, Cranes in flight represent longevity and Pine trees resilience.
I have long been a lover of Wendy Morrisons beautiful hand made rugs after seeing one in the excuisitely styled home of Kate Learmonth, below.
HANDMADE FINE BAYAT RUG - KIRMAN £1,295
A beautiful antique Persian Kirman carpet that is put through a long cycle of dying and washing to create this beautiful, ethereal look. Colours blend and textures soften, creating a fusion of contemporary with traditional. The end result is a one of a kind rug with it's own unique character.
'Dapple' - £89
Kate personally picks out all the beautiful100% Naturally coloured Icelandic Sheepskins she sells on her online store.
Midas Double Gold - £170
A stunning autumnal warm shade of Dark Honey Gold which is approximately 2m long
So, I still haven't made a decisive decision on what to go for, but the golden wool rug from French Connection is the front runner at the moment. The gold will look beautiful against the petrol blue and can be found in the wallpaper pattern too. I'm losing the grey and painting the walls white in this area as well soon and I really can see this rug looking gorgeous there....... But then again buying a rug is never an easy decision as there are so many to choose from so who knows if this will be my final decision!
Do let me know if you've seen any you think would look great there....... Or just let me know your favourite style of rug!
As always thanks for reading,