Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Interior trend: Rugs on walls

Image via temple and webster

Never underestimate the power of the rug!
A good rug can transform a room from good to great.
And this year the rug is taking center place like never before!
And as I reported in my trend report for 2015, creative use of conventional home decor, like rugs, is huge this year: And Interior stylists and designers are taking the rugs up off the floors and using them as art for the walls, as seen at ferm living , below!

I've mentioned the importance of adding texture to your interior decor before,in my post about Abigail Ahern's Design-ometer ,and adding a great rug is an great way to do this...
But hanging it on the wall will emphasize the effect even further!
And why not?

Image from Love adorned

With the current trend in rugs taking a step beyond the structured geometric patterns from the past few years, into more abstract and bohemian styles, like the tribal weavings of Afganistan,Marocco, Turkey and Iran in the form of beautiful vintage Kilim ,Beni Ourain or Boucherouite rugs, it's no wonder the humble rug has been elevated to become art on our walls:

                           Image from Beklina                             

"The charm of  a rug woven on looms long lost is that it represents a style of weaving, and unique dyeing techniques, that have changed over time.  As with our admiration for vintage furniture, we  appreciate the craftsmanship, and the artistic integrity of an era more as time passes"*
Bob Cadry (of Cadrys rugs)

(*Quote from Temple and Webster)

Image from design sponge

I love the flawed and asymmetric patterns, the textures of the various materials used and the vibrant colours , and I dream of owning one of these unique and beautiful I would most certainly hang it on my wall as a statement...But they also come with a hefty price-tag, as can be expected for genuine vintage artisan products like these! So for now I can only dream on!

Image from house doctor

The Good news is, that there are lots of more budget friendly alternatives out there that all tick this trend of tribal geometric patterns. And even flat woven , printed ones, like these above, from House doctor , will look stunning when hung on the wall!
It is a bit like when you frame a child's drawing; it instantly looks better!!

  Image from  ferm living

Even the most basic patterned rug will be elevated to a piece of art when hung on the wall:

                       Image from Urban outfitters

This is all about rethinking the purpose of the rug, and adding a touch of the unexpected....all part of getting creative with your interiors: As long as YOU love it, it will work!!

Image from artist Caroline Z Hurley's apartment as featured in  rue mag

Not only is this a great way to add some texture and/or color to your walls, but using rugs as wall hangings is a cost effective way to cover large blank surfaces in one fail-safe swoop + it packs a punch as far as making a design statement in your interiors! + it's got sound proofing and insulating purposes (may need more of this when your teen wants to be a rock star??!!LOL)

Image via Pinterest

Of course, for all intents and purposes, it doesn't  HAVE to be a rug, It could of course be a purpose made wall hanging or even a throw or a sari??! I love the look of Moroccan wedding blankets, as seen in the image above. See more ideas for adding texture to your walls here.

Image from Urban Outfitters

I am in love with this trend, as I think it works on so many levels + gives great scope for personalizing your home! I am also a huge fan of the ethnic and tribal patterned rugs currently trending (You can visit my pinterest board rugs to see why!!)
It reminds me of the traditional Norwegian heirloom wall-hangings my mum has (I will show you some time!!), so I guess it's in my blood!

I will most definitely be looking out for cheap and/or second hand rugs that I can hang on my walls in the future...I'd like to get a big pile of them, so that I can alternate my rugs on the floor with Rugs on my walls!! Pretty, practical and resourceful....whats not to love!!

Image via Pinterest

But as I am an impatient sort of girl, I have been spending this week making my own!!
YUP! I've made some DIY rugs, and I will show you how in my next post!
And don't worry, although I've finally taken up weaving(YAY!!) there is not a loom in sight: This is another Easy DIY that anyone can do....I promise!!
So do pop back on Saturday to see how YOU can make your own tribal-inspired rug, weather you'd want to hang it on your walls or not!


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