Micro-Decorating: Create a Home Office

A work from home office can range from a privacy bubble like a laptop case that opens to form wings either side of the laptop to “delimit a workspace in any location or circumstance”, or it can reflect the trend for “micro decorating” as a desk-based zoned space. The micro trend was set in motion …

 

The Top Design Take-away from the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach

If we were to single out the most prevalent design idea we discovered at the 3rd annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach (1st February – 1st March 2020) it would be that all 19 designers – each assigned a different room or area of the house – bring aspects of the outside inside to create …

 

Texture: An Important Element For a Happy Home

Can texture in our home design increase our health and happiness? Daylight, wood and green plants are great ways to create an ideal indoor environment, but according to a wellness design article inElle Decor2019, the key to creating space with health and happiness benefits is “tactile” surfaces – in other words textures, and lots of …

 

Get Layered Up With the Latest Trend in Rugs

The world’s most famous sofa is in a modest house museum in a London suburb. The circa 1890 sofa belonged to the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and is covered in layers of Oriental Rugs with another rug hanging on the wall behind the sofa. The sofa is where Dr Freud’s patients reclined during sessions, so …

 

The Perennial Popularity of Chinoiserie Rugs Old and New

It’s hard to imagine life without Netflix binges and cheap air travel, both of which allow people to easily experience other cultures, but how did normal people get similar experiences in centuries before TV and cheap travel? Trade is the answer, and the farther away the country was from Europe and the US, the more …

 

Steal the Look: Lifestyle Hotels Love To Use Vintage Rugs

The hospitality industry, particularly the restaurant and hotel sectors, is increasingly fixated on providing authentic, handmade, unique, and narrative or “story-led” environments. Key to the success of these new environments (often labelled as “lifestyle”) are handmade vintage rugs which have become “go-to” global hospitality features. We look at how four new hip hotels – one …

 

Make a Meditation Space: Rugs for Mindful Living – 4 Tips

Creating a space in your home dedicated to mindfulness and meditation (which can be as simple as stroking your cat, it doesn’t have to mean mantras or spiritual chakras), is no longer a luxury but a necessity in today’s chaotic world. You don’t need a big space and you don’t need to spend lots of …

 

Wool: One of the Best Fibers for Rugs

  We believe in the importance of natural materials for all of the hand-knotted and hand loomed rugs we sell. Natural materials are sustainable because their source can be replenished and the product itself can be recycled. Machine-made rugs are often (but not always) made with synthetic fibers which can dramatically lower the price point …

 

Antique, Vintage, and New Rugs: Which Category is Right for You?

Definitions: Rug professionals say a new rug becomes vintage when it is twenty years old, and a vintage rug becomes antique in 80 to 100 years (the exact timeline differs from dealer to dealer). Does this mean every new rug has the potential to become a vintage rug and antique rug? No. Not every new …