Recently I have found that I am drawn to two kinds of rugs - Black and white rugs in simple patterns; stripes, zig zag, block etc- Or ornate, red, ethnic rugs. Pretty much opposite sides of the spectrum, right?
(Left is Ikea’s Stockholm Rand, Right is an Antique Kazak Woolen Sumak Rug from Antiquarian Textiles on Ebay)
Even though I recently expressed my general disdain for red, I must admit that I literally stop in my tracks every time I see an intricately patterned, red rug. They truly MAKE whatever room they are in.
Kim from Desire to Inspire used a red ethnic rug in her kitchen.
elle decor via lampshade
212 Box via Desire to Inspire
In order for this rug to work for me, I would want everything else to be VERY simple. I wouldn’t feel as free to go nuts with art, pillows and accessories. We want the space to maintain a modern feel, so this rug would be my main pizzazz and bohemian-type endulgance. Other patterns would have to be simple and I would lean heavy on white and grays. And I probably don’t have to say it, but I will… there would be NO other red in the room!
Knowing my love for pillows and art and accessories, I wonder if a black and white rug is the better route for me? Black and white rugs ground every room they are in. A striped rug creates interest, yet is plain enough to layer on plenty of other color, texture and eccentricities.
In this room they really went nuts with color, pattern and furnishings, but the rug helps neutralize and simplify.
I can mix in green and orange with a black and white rug. That would be tough with the red, ethnic option.
Let’s imagine those stripes are black and white, ok?
It doesn’t have to be stripes, it could be triangles!
diane bergeron via decorpad
Or Zig-Zag/ Chevron pattern. Wish Madeline Weinrib was in my budget!
I love how Ally mixed modern furnishings and rug with Flemish art!
lauren buxbaum/nate berkus via orange beautiful
Mirrored furniture, Ornate mirrors, it all works with this type of rug.
Best for me, is the flexibility it brings to decorating. Plus I have one white and one black dog, so in my mind it would be a happy medium for hiding hair. Am I crazy?
So other than Ikea, where can I get a good, cheap black and white rug?
Fedora Oatmeal/Charcoal Rug by Flor
This rug is actually made up of floor tiles. I love that if one of the dogs has a bathroom accident (or I have a wine accident) I can simply replace that single tile. I’ve seen them in person. They stick great, and you can’t tell it isn’t all one rug!
Side-By-Side Black and White Rug by Flor
I’m also considering this Side-By-Side rug by Flor. I’d probably opt for horizontal or vertical stripes instead of this mixed pattern shown. But its nice not to be married to any particular layout!
Black and White Lupe Rug by Madeline Weinrib
This rug would be a fabulous birthday present!!
Yet still I keep thinking of those colorful ethnic rugs and stalking Antiquarian Textiles‘ Ebay Page.
This one reminds me so much of Kim‘s rug, which I adore…
Kim’s (Desire to Inspire) rug and pantry
This one makes me happy too.
Anthropologie’s Ikat rug looks tasty, but I like the idea of mine being an antique.
It would be really nice to have both…. like black and white in living room and red, ethnic under dining table for a pop of color. Must get Boy’s approval first. Just daydreaming right now….
What do you like?
Please, feel free to add ideas/sources for black and white geometric, OR red, ethnic rugs. Thanks!!