When we prompted a search for naturally-inspired rugs in organic tones using natural fibers like wool and silk, the responses we received were visually stunning and thought-provoking.

Tamarian’s Ned Baker reflected, “Nature has always had an important influence on the aesthetic of our work; from the use of renewable fibers such as hemp, allo, and sunpat in our weaving to the creation of our newer Silver Flax color palette that is inspired by natural tones, ‘bringing the outdoors in’ always elicits a positive response from the market and seems to satiate a certain desire we have to surround ourselves with the natural world, even when inside our home.”

Our summer issue theme is All in the Details. It's a pleasure to get up close with these incredibly beautiful detail shots of some of our favorite textured rugs. 

“When we pay attention, we begin to notice details and textures that we never noticed before. Everyday life becomes clearer, sharper, and at the same time more spacious.“ ~ RICK FIELDS

Redone. Restored. Brought back. Revisited. Choose your own synonym for borrowing from classic style. Whether rugs, furniture or fashion, designers adapt traditional patterns in new colors, materials, finishes or techniques to suit modern tastes and to meet consumer demands.

Samad’s Kuma in Oyster from the Caspian Collection is a perfect example of such an adaptation in a new colorway. The reimagined Khotan from French Accents, which keeps true to antique weaving techniques, is modernized by “simplifying core patterns, colors and weaves.” Majestic Oushak from Harounian Rugs International (HRI) includes four classic designs from the company’s library of traditional designs—vibrantly recolored. 

As anchors or accents, these forward floor fashions make us feel dizzy with excitement. Rugs featuring bold pattern or color, or unexpected moments and imagery help create unique personality-filled spaces. Dare to inject some drama—or whimsy—while still maintaining a sense of sophistication.

In an industry where the rectangle reigns supreme, is there room to invite some diversity of form? From lavish ovals such as the memphis-inspired Kolb by Hommés Studio to freeform flowers fresh from Inigo Elizalde there is much more to explore. Whether traditional round, runner, crescent, geometric or purely abstract, these trending silhouettes aren’t just trying to fit in!

“There are not many original shapes or silhouettes— only a million variations.“ ~ CHARLE JAMES

From the day we arrive on the planet, and, blinking, step into the sun, there’s more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done, there’s far too much to take in here, more to find than can ever be found, but the sun rolling high, through the sapphire sky, keeps great and small on the endless round.

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