Superior Rugs offers serious discounts on a range of modern and traditional rugs and carpets.
I was very taken with these area rugs I saw today – a bit different from the usual sort of border rug.
It reminds me strongly of ‘boro’ textiles from Japan – vintage patched textiles that are pieced together to make futon covers, clothes etc. Once simply a craft skill that used up spare fabric, these textiles are now expensive and highly sought after.
This rug, which is made in Belgium, costs $254.99, comes in five colourways – blue, green, gold, cream and burgundy and is one of a range of low-priced rugs in silk and wool, some at 77 per cent off the list price from US supplier Superior Rugs.
Its pile is silk and very short, so it can be used as a wall hanging or tablecloth rather than on the floor, but might also make a luxurious bedroom rug. I once had a small bedside rug in silk, which felt wonderful on bare feet, but these come in a larger size – 5’4" x 7’8", so they’ll cover a reasonable area in a living room provided it doesn’t get heavy foot traffic. To protect it, I’d generally lay a silk rug over carpeting or thick underlay rather than directly on a hard floor such as wood.
Modern and Traditional Rugs
Superior Textiles also does a range of more traditional rugs in Afghan, Navaho and Turkish styles, etc, and also more contemporary, often geometric designs, some of which are really striking and interesting – rather like abstract paintings. This Art Deco red one is made in Turkey from New Zealand wool and starts at $64.88 for the smallest size, but there are loads of others, in all kinds of colourways. In my own house I favour neutrals, but would be very tempted by this one for a splash of colour.
IMHO, this latter type of abstract-pattern rug is very useful in an area where you might have furniture actually resting on parts of the rug. This would obscure the border on a more traditional design, but it hardly matters if you lose part of an abstract design under the sofa.