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.

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?