Rugs can do the practical thing by softening a hard floor, but they are not all about comfort. The right rug can also be a style statement and work of art.
A rug can be the focal point of a room. If you think of it as a piece of art for your floor then a traditional Kilim is an old master and makes you look well travelled even if you're not! Their geometric designs add a bit of culture to a modern interior and easily enhances the more traditional room.
Kilims are flatwoven and pileless, which means they are not big on comfort and so are perhaps not the best for lying on. This is understandable considering they were traditionally used as prayer mats for kneeling on. They're also not very durable in high-traffic areas as they aren't as robust as a pile rug. So if you are really precious about your Kilim, hang it on the wall.
From a variety of stores including:
Cadry's Oriental and Persian Handwoven Rug Speciliast
133 New South Head Road
Edgecliff NSW 2027
Ph: (02) 9328 6144
Rugs can also literally be art. The idea is simple and very cool. At the PIXELbros website you can select a piece of artwork from their featured artists - painter David Hutton, digital artist Simon Alderson and illustrator Jane Reiseger – and have it applied on to a rug for your own bit of floor art. Or you can whip something up yourself, email them, and see your own creation as a rug.
Simon Alderson rug also available via;
100 New South Head Road
Edgecliff NSW 2027
Ph: (02) 9550 9933
The opposite of the Kilim is the recycled rug. It's simple in design but funky in attitude - a bit of pop art that does wonders for brightening up a kitchen, bathroom or kids' bedroom – and it doesn't have to be expensive. The best thing about this type of rug is that it is made from recycled plastic bottles.
If you're not sure if your choice of rug will work – ask the store if you can take it home. They may let you try it out for 24 hours, or even a week. So don't just think of a rug as a practical item. Instead, make an artistic statement for the ultimate floor show.
If you like your rugs a little more luxurious, see our fact sheet for Luxurious Rugs> that tantalise your tootsies.