Rustic, country, and shabby chic decor styles all have one thing in common: mixed history. Each style has elements which suggest a past. Shared characteristics of old lived in wood, well used finishes, and wear marks give these styles a homey appeal. What makes these styles of decorating popular is their ease; the lived-in, I-can-plop-my-butt-anywhere attitude. But how does one breathe new life into this type of decor while staying true to the theme?
Not long ago I was in Los Angeles at the Decorative Carpets showroom on Melrose when I almost tripped, not on a rug, but over these super chic over dyed patchwork rugs. Oh baby, this is not your back country patchwork! Oozing style and fun colors these patchwork rugs are a happy marriage of old and new.
For me, nothing says tired, like an old oriental rug; just not my thing and those rusty burgundy colors are just so a hundred years ago. Certain oldies are okay and appropriate in historic interiors. However when used today, they can be the one item which drags the interior down.
Oh, I know some people love them. All I am saying is the old oriental is not the be all and end all design statement it once was. Unless you want your room to say, “all I got from grandma was a rug and damn it I’m gonna use it.”
Both pattern and craftsmanship of old rugs are still alive in these these patchwork rugs from Decorative Carpets. Finally, a way to capture old world charm in a fresh form.
Pieces from old rugs are pieced, stitched together and backed to create one outstanding area rug. Each rug still has an element of history and pre-worn quality injected with a fresh dose of color (life). If you take any one of these and plop them into each of those three interiors above, whoa instant makeover. Say ”hello” to the new patchwork.