Lately I’ve been busy working on my first full-scale decorating project for a totally fabulous clientΒ with a modernΒ loft-style apartment in Wicker Park. We are covering the place in new and vintage Persian and orientalΒ rugs, an element that is somewhatΒ new to my design vocabulary. I didn’t realize how much I loved and appreciated PersianΒ rugsΒ until I really started digging deeper and noticing different styles and colors from different tribes and regions. Vintage ones just add such perfect patina, pattern, and color to a space and are unlike anything you would find at any big-box store, and I also adore the overdyed styles of newer ones. I especially love how, when viewed from a distance, two different colors in a rug pattern blend as one. For example, a rug with blue and red accents translates as purple from far away, allowing you to introduce new accent colors into the design scheme. How cool is that? And best of all, the busy patterns disguise messes and stains, which is a big plus in my book. :) One of the problems you mayΒ encounter is, they usually come in these random small sizes, so you either have to layer them over a larger neutral rug or get creative with your floor plan.
Here are some of my favorite new, vintage, and retail store versions from around the web (click individual images for product links):
If you’re searching for the perfect PersianΒ rug, also check out this post from Shea McGee on some great websites to find them, and don’t forget to check Craigslist in your area! And don’t forget a good rug pad to go underneath!