The Latest in Area Rug Design

Often times an interior designer with build the room around an area rug, area rugs provide an element of comfort, they can make a statement and they are also functional.  Every year the New York International Carpet Show brings together the best rug designers in the world to showcase their new designs.  What is the latest in area rug design?  Let’s see what you can expect to find in homes in the upcoming season.  Here is a look at the variety of rugs from the 2016 show.

Versatile Area Rugs

One of the things that designers have been striving for in the past couple of years is versatility.  They are trying to create the perfect rug that can work with just about any style, whether you have a contemporary home or something more traditional.  The rugs have simple colors and patterns that can survive any redecorating scheme you decide to take.  They are creating rugs that will last the tests of time and style.

More Subtle Color Scheme

Color is a crucial part of design and this year designers are going for a much more subtle look.  That allows you to play up other elements in the space and the warm tones can bring together a neutral space.  Subtle colors also work better with any type of design scheme that you are currently using.  However, don’t think that this year’s rugs are boring by any means.

Detailed Patterns and Designs

Geometric patterns in area rugs are still hugely popular but artisans are getting inspiration from all over.  They are experimenting with material as well as color, in contemporary rugs you will find not only silk from China but also wool from Tibet to create truly inspiring masterpieces.  Rugs may only feature one or two colors you may find thirty shades or more of that color.  The dyes that are used in hand made rugs are natural and environmentally friendly.

Customizable for Size and Pattern

Many rug designers are simply letting the customer decide, that way they create an exclusive and one of a kind design that is perfect for the client.  This rugs won’t come cheap and it is nothing like picking out an area rug at home depot.  The designer will work with you to create a design that is ideal for your space and in the right dimension.

If you haven’t been to the New York International Carpet Show then you don’t know what you are missing.  As a designer it has all you need to find the latest and most unique designs to satisfy even the most discerning client.

The Benefits of Custom Designed Furniture

Custom furniture is not as expensive as you might think, prices are in line with some of the manufactured furniture and are within range of the average buyer.  But there are definite advantages to getting custom designed furniture rather than something off of a furniture floor.  Let’s take a look at how custom furniture benefits you .

Exactly What You Want

One of the reasons that people opt for custom made furniture is because they are getting exactly what they want.  They can have a sofa made in the color they want or the materials, they can have dining tables made for the size of their families or a bookcase that fits the wall perfectly.  Off the floor furniture only comes in standard sizes and there is no variation.  Custom furniture gives you just what you need for the space and feel that you are creating.

Better Construction

Custom made furniture is often made from better materials with far more attention paid to the construction of the pieces, after all the furniture maker’s reputation depends on it.  That means while custom furniture will cost you more it will also last your far longer than the commercial stuff.  Commercially produced furniture is all about producing the most product for the least amount of money, whereas a craftsman is more concerned with building quality pieces.  If cost is an issue you may be able to do some negotiating when it comes to ornamental details.  A craftsman knows exactly how you plan to use your furniture and can build it accordingly with the right materials.

Price Control

While some furniture stores do have the ability to negotiate most won’t.  Prices are set by some executive in an office somewhere who isn’t going to speak to you.  If you find a piece or a set of furniture that you have fallen in love with but is out of your budget your only choice is to find the money and buy it or move onto something else.  Dealing with the manufacturer directly makes it a little easier to get what you want at the price that you can afford.  You can outline the style you want at the price point you’re willing to pay and the custom furniture maker is in a much better position to make it happen.

Custom furniture is nowhere near as expensive as you think and it isn’t just wealthy people that are buying it.  Custom furniture is not only affordable it will last longer  and look better.

Southwestern Style and Area Rugs

Southwestern style matters in countless ways. It can completely set the mood of a room and situation. Old smoking rooms set an elitist male tone, while the common day “man cave” is welcoming to men of every walk of life.  Southwestern decorating style is used in hotel rooms, vacation homes, cabins, etc. to set the mood or match a theme of the city. Slick, minimalist settings for high rise hotels in a large city is much, much different than the warm décor in a quaint cabin out west in the desert.  Although, we especially love that western cabin look when we have unique southwestern area rugs spread across the floor.

In my opinion, the way someone decorates also can really show their age. Growing up into high school it was posters plastered all over the walls, and then college it was tapestries for girls, with assorted flags and frames on the walls. I even knew some boys that covered every wall in their college house in the cardboard beer boxes, so hey, more power to ya if that’s what you’re in to.

Southwestern Decorating Tips

But coming out of college into being a young professional is a complete 360. Now my friends are looking for stylish southwestern rugs and coffee tables. Long gone are the bedazzled American flags and now it’s a big clock canvas thing (?) they got at a big box store. The way that someone chooses to decorate and what they fill their home with seems to really define maturity and success here in America.

For me personally, I pick up little pieces with me as I go. I have bookshelves with the top shelves always dedicated to the little mementos that my friends bring me back from all over the world. I have a rug I picked up when my dad lived in southern Arizona, and a hand-painted bowl on the table that I brought back from Montana. It might look like kind of a mess, and it definitely clashes with my Game of Thrones flags that adorn the hallway to my bedroom. But it reminds me of where I’ve been and keeps alive my desire to keep traveling.

Décor is different to everyone; in the way they use it and what it means to them. But isn’t that what it’s all about? More southwestern area rug inspiration here.


Hello. My name is Jeff and I’m an adventurer, photographer and writer. It’s a mouthful but I find it hard to distinguish where one passion ends and the other begins. I love compelling stories about the outdoors and I admire people who’ve turned adventure into a career.

While my editorial portfolio lives at, I’ve started this blog to satisfy my own curiosities about the art and craft behind adventure.

The art of adventure being the compelling stories and stunning photography that inspires us to play outside, and the craft of adventure  being the behind-the-scenes stuff like route planning, technical outdoor skills, and both writing and photography techniques.

In the end, I hope, simply, to provide the tools required to: Get Inspired. Go Outside. Explore.

More about Jeff Bartlett

For the past decade, I’ve been an adventure nomad. At first it was a gap year, then a year to figure out what I wanted to do. 2002 quickly became 2012. I worked as a gun salesman, quasi civil-engineering technologist, front desk agent, hotel night manager, gondola operator, industrial snowmaker (honest), assistant financial accountant (how’d that happen?), bartender, industrial snowmaker (again), and environmental data collector.

But all those jobs were just to pay the bills; I just wanted to tell stories.

Somewhere along the line, I went back to school and graduated with a diploma in journalism and photojournalism. I also bought my website,, and began work as an adventure freelancer. I wrote for websites and magazines and worked for tourism offices. In the past six months, I’ve had more successes than failures. It took three years of rejection letters to reach that point. I learned success in the arts is a daily battle that I won’t always win. I also learned that I have little choice. Life as an adventure freelancer – re: a photographer and writer focused on outdoor adventure – isn’t a choice. It’s a calling.

And by launching, I hope to share my journey with you.

About the Adventure Freelancer’s Past Adventures:

This is neither to justify my credentials nor to brag. I’m often asked where I’ve traveled and why.

Cycle Tours:

  • New Zealand in 2003
  • Puerto Natales, Chile, to Mendoza, Argentina in 2010
  • Bariloche, Argentina, to Chiloe, Chile in 2011
  • Mendoza, Argentina, to Villazon, Bolivia in 2011

Ski Seasons/Tours

  • Whistler, British Columbia, Canada in 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Argentina and Chile in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Tromso, Norway in 2006
  • Jasper, Alberta, Canada in 2011, 2012


  • Paso de Las Ovejas, Ushuaia, Argentina in 2007
  • Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales, Chile, in 2007
  • Los Glaciers National Park, El Chalten, Argentina, in 2007
  • Hielo Azul, El Bolson, Argentina, in 2007
  • Nahuel Huapi Traverse, Bariloche, Argentina in 2007
  • Laguna Ilon Ilon, Bariloche, Argentina in 2008
  • Cerro Lindo, El Bolson, Argentina in 2008
  • Juan de Fuca, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, in 2009
  • Berg Lake, Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada in 2012
  • Too Many to list, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada in 2012

Contact info:

Phone: 1-780-931-2962
Skype: PhotoJBartlett
Mail: Box 2890, Jasper, Alberta, T0E 1E0