November 04, 2012

Modern Tradition

I must tailgate my previous post on kilims with a contrasting one:  Rugs do not necessarily need to be reinterpreted to work in a modern space.  To demonstrate this, here are a few interiors that have used the traditional rug in a traditional way, and have maintained a beautifully modern look!

First up is a loft dining room designed by Sarah Richardson.  Trust Sarah to make a rug on the wall look contemporary and stylish - it's art, it's character, it's warmth, it's perfect!

This next example is the Moscow apartment of Dmitriy Samokhin (director of Russian's NTV Plus).  Two-storey windows bring in maximum light and airiness to the high-contrast interior.  The home is decidedly minimalist and modern, but the rugs on the floor inject a subtle air of traditional style and help to add a cozy factor to the large open space.

Via ELLE Decor
And the last interior - a Philadelphia townhouse - displays an industrial-modern aesthetic all made from salvaged materials, and built by homeowner and carpenter Jayme Guokas.  This bare-bones lounge is reminiscent of a Russian sauna, and the rug (along with cushion upholstery) adds just enough colour and pattern to liven space.

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