Inspiration: Oriental Rugs in Modern Contexts

Inspiration: Oriental Rugs in Modern Contexts

Susie Nadler
Apr 20, 2009
Lately it seems to us like the carpets in most published interiors are neutral, solid-color or striped. But we're still loving the look of a vintage or replica oriental rug in a modern space. Alissa Parker of Horne, whose home was featured on Design*Sponge, called her own vintage rug (pictured above) art for the floor. Indeed, a well-loved Oriental rug can have the same effect as a piece of art: it brings in warmth and tells a story. Click through for some more inspiring Oriental rugs in modern spaces...


1 and 2 Alissa and Ryan of Horne (via Design*Sponge) collect vintage rugs; with their simple mid-century furnishings and amazing art collection, the overall effect is aesthetically high-brow but still warm and inviting.

3 In a sleek space with clean, contemporary lines, like this interior featured on Desire to Inspire, an Oriental rug can provide a contrasting note of depth and history.

4 and 5 In these two cozy spaces from Domino (via SFGirlByBay), the rugs bring in a color palette to draw from for the rest of the room.


6 Here the honey colors of the rug blend beautifully with the wood floor, creating a very modern tone-on-tone effect. Room designed by Frank Roop and featured on Decor8.

7 and 8 Two stunning examples of antique rugs from Living Etc. Sometimes the rugs in themselves make such a statement that the rest of the furnishings can be quite spare, evoking a contemporary feel.

And a little more Oriental rug inspiration from Apartment Therapy...
Layered Rugs
Paris Close-Up: An Oriental Rug in the Kitchen

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