Spurred on by some of you yesterday who felt that my rug choices were too safe and boring (I agree and differ: safe, yes, boring, no - but practicality and accessibility are key to me) I've pulled a few really beautiful high end and dramatic rugs for your enjoyment. If nothing else, you will get to know some new names in the rug world and see some pretty far out stuff. Head below!
Top Not Boring Rugs
- Glitch Collection by Inigo Elizalde
The newest collection from Inigo Elizalde, who is based right here in NYC: "Inigo Elizalde was born in the Philippines in the midst of a powerful tropical typhoon. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives and works in New York City."
A super affordable way in to owning a Damien Hirst, this is 100% wool and 100% kids-spinning-art-project that he based his whole spin art series on in 1992 in London: "Damien Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965. He first came to public attention in 1988 when he conceived and curated ‘Freeze’, an exhibition of his own work and that of his contemporaries at Goldsmiths college, staged in a disused London warehouse. Since this time Hirst has become widely recognised as one of the most influential artists of his generation."
I just found this at Woven Accents and love it. It's totally not boring.
- Climbing Leopard Rug - $288 per sq ft
From Diane von Furstenberg (she's BAAAAACK!), here you go with a lush emerald silk rug with a full scale leopard climbing up towards you: "Since her arrival in the fashion world in 1972, Diane von Furstenberg has captivated the industry with her exceptional vision and iconic designs. Responsible for empowering millions of women around the world to celebrate their femininity, her designs are loved for their distinctive prints and confident colours translated in luxurious fabrics."
- Rug by DAIN from Carini Lang
A collab by NYC rug masters, Carini Lang, and DAIN, a Brooklyn based artist, this is an incredible rug based on grafitti: "Dain started as a graffiti writer, but moved onto wheat paste, and he also works on canvas for gallery shows. Dain's well-known collage pieces start with a black and white photograph, usually of a female film start of the '50's."
- Beni M'Tir Antique Rug From KEA
Check this out. From the amazing ladies at KEA, this is a handmade antique rug to juxtapose the modern, new ones: Beni M'Tir from Middle Atlas, Morocco. They travel and collect all their rugs themselves.
- Mangas Largas Naturales by GAN
I love Patricia Urquiola's designs, and what she's done with GAN is a great example of how far out and how cozy she can be. This a big rug, but the collection comes in smaller sizes. Check it all out.