Armadillo’s New Rug Collection Will Make Your Rooms Lighter, Brighter, and Airier

updated Mar 5, 2021
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Armadillo The Ellipse Collection
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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Nothing can establish the starting point for a room’s decor and palette quite like an area rug. Visually, rugs not only ground furnishings, but they also can constitute one of the largest uninterrupted surfaces in a room, after your actual flooring and walls. Pick the right one, and you’ve got the foundation of a very pulled-together space.

If you’ve lately found yourself drawn to the soothing colors, natural materials, and all around coziness of warm minimalism and want to channel that style with your area rugs, then you’re going to want to take a look at Australian sustainable rug company Armadillo‘s latest collection, The Ellipse.

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Designed in collaboration with House of Grey, a London-based firm founded by designer Louisa Grey, The Ellipse collection includes five new hand-knotted rugs that seek to channel — whether through shape, hue, or texture — the rhythms and movements found in nature. You won’t find any wild patterns or colorways here; each rug is pared down to the simplest of motifs, like the Terra, an elevated but everyday jute. Most of the styles showcase striations or marled knots of just a single soothing color like green, cream, or sand. While many of the pieces are finished off or trimmed in simple fringes, the Etolie has gently curved corners that lend it a subtle art deco air. The boldest rug may be the Perilune, which showcases a tonal design featuring almost concentric circular moon-like shapes.

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Like other Armadillo rugs, The Ellipse collection has sustainable craftsmanship at its core. It’s created with carefully-sourced natural fibers — silk, wool, jute — left in their original state or hand-dyed and sun-dried. As such, each style is a unique investment piece but a true design chameleon. These neutral colorways will work with really any existing furniture or decor scheme, and pieces this simple but beautiful will never go out of style. The nice thing about these rugs, too, is that their lighter, earthy tones can actually make the room you place them in feel brighter, airy, and even more open.