Now is an exciting time to be buying rugs or carpets for your home. With the upturn in the housing market, the warmth and comfort of carpets is seeing a resurgence. The 2017 look is all about mixing the old and the new. We have scoured the internet to unearth the latest carpet trends of 2017 and listen to what top interior designers say about it.
Hand Woven Rugs & Tribal Designs: The top design trends in rugs and carpets at the Domotex exhibition in Hanover were hand woven rugs and tribal designs, reports Interiorzine. Piero Lissoni, the Italian designer shares that tribal rugs are an art piece, each having their own artistic identity with a special story to tell. They are all made from natural materials and each rug tells the story of the family that had created it: entwining cultural symbols, animals, flowers and events foretold in color. Usually, such tribal design rugs are hand woven out of natural fibers, in bright colors and bold motifs, and typically flat weave reversible surfaces. Here is an example.
Combining tradition and modernity: This is the era of mixing influences. Says Warren Sheets in House Beautiful in the February 2017 issue that “No one is interested in designing an entire space, let alone an entire home, with a strict period in time”. While its great to have a period as a starting point, you can play with mixes of elements of the past and future to design an aesthetic look which is truly yours. Here is an antique Bukhara rug showcased by Elle Decor in their top show-stopper rugs teamed with contemporary Southwestern furniture.
Another fast-growing trend in rugs 2016 is named Nature Luxe by Victoria Redshaw, the Futurist at Scarlet Opus, a trend forecasting company in UK. She describes the concept behind this trend as a way of disengaging from our busy, technologically-infused lives, and embracing the quiet. While we may crave a return to more simple times, we still appreciate a sense of luxury. This trend looks to hand-crafted elements for that blend of simplicity and luxury. Here is Houzz collection of Zen carpets.
The natural luxe style promotes calm with a soothing color pallette in neutral tones and soft, shimmery finishes. Natural materials such as hides are a big part of this trend. Here are some great distressed scratched leather rugs from MapleNest.
Last but not the least, are the breathable fibers like jute or hemp which are combined with silk, wool, or linen, to create a luxe version of natural rugs, in warm earth tones.