Never Out of Style: Oriental Rugs & Kilims for Every Style

Never Out of Style: Oriental Rugs & Kilims for Every Style

Catrin Morris
Dec 7, 2011

I have written about oriental (or Persian) rugs before (here, here and also here.) And I will do so again. Given their rich colors and often elaborate designs, it is amazing how versatile Persian rugs and kilims are! And they are surprisingly practical (the lanolin in the wool is naturally stain resistant).

Boston Globe: Living room in a Belmont Hill home. Notice how these traditional rugs work so well in such a modern, architecturally sleek space? A modern graphic rug would not have worked as well.
Buddha Interiors: I have always had a thing for rich hued oriental rugs paired with glass coffee tables and black leather. I have a few living rooms bookmarked that share these three components, a wonderfully eclectic trio in which each piece brings out the best in the other two.
Boston Globe: Kitchen in the Belmont Hill home. I love how the rug softens this room without detracting from its clean lines.
• Klikk via Interiors Porn: Another example of how terrific a beautiful oriental rug looks in a room otherwise dominated by black, white and neutral creamy tones.
• Sheila Bridges bedroom via Elle Decor: Here's an example of traditional decor at its best. The oriental rug looks stunning against the rich warmth of the wood bed and the vibrant red of the flowers. I love the mixture of dusty grays with dusty reds.

Look Up! Inspiration on Your Ceiling: How divine is this room? The oriental rug is very soft and subdued, and a nice understated contrast with the greens and blues elsewhere.
Spicer and Bank: I love the red rugs with the green walls. And those ghost chairs around the dining room table are the perfect complement to the rug below. I also love the colorful connection between the rugs and the copper light fixture.
• Abigail Ahern in Sanctuary: You can see a bit of the oriental rug showing in this eclectic living room with its bold and playful colors. Interesting how the rug almost functions as a neutral presence when mixed in with such bright colors.

Images: As credited above.

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