Thread Bare Oriental Rugs – A Growing Trend in Interior Design

If you happen to skim through recent issues of interior design magazines such as Architectural Digest, Elle Décor or Veranda you may have noticed a growing trend of very prestigious designers incorporating worn or even threadbare oriental rugs into their gorgeously appointed rooms. This trend seems to transcend styles ranging from very formal and traditional to transitional and even contemporary.

In my own Nejad Oriental Rug Gallery in Bucks County, PA, we have seen a surge in the number of designers and clients, especially from Philadelphia’s Main Line, Princeton New Jersey, New York and Washington DC suburbs, purchasing antique Persian Rugs that have a good amount of wear and fading. Earlier this month, a client brought in the recent Wall Street Journal Magazine June 2012 featuring renowned furniture maker and interior designer Christian Liaigre’s home on the Rue de Verneuil in Paris. One of the photographs highlighted a beautiful antique threadbare runner in his hallway.  This rug had exactly the look my client wanted for his Manhattan apartment and with our enormous inventory of Antique Persian and Caucasian Rugs he had a fantastic selection from which he purchased several small and large area rugs.

As a designer, I always find it interesting to watch how these early trends find their way into the broader furniture and accessory markets. One example is the recent launch of Restoration Hardware’s Deconstructed Furniture Collection which is made to look unfinished or old shabby chic. Another example is the increase of distressed finishes offered by leading furniture, lighting and accessory manufactures.

Embracing this trend, this month I have begun preliminary designs for a new rug collection that will feature traditional Persian Rug designs such as Heriz, Serapi, Mohtashan, Kashan and Mahal in muted vegetable dyes with plenty of abrash and simulated wear. I am working closely with my master weaver on the best techniques to accomplish the look of wear without compromising the structural integrity and longevity of the rugs. If all goes well, I should have the first samples of this collection in Doylestown by the end of the year.

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Contemporary Tufted Rugs Selling for $15,000.00

Clients often ask me which artists inspire me the most.  Having created more and more contemporary and transitional rugs over the past few years, I would have to say that I have most frequently revisited the works of 20th Century modern artists.

My own family boasts two accomplished modern art painters and although both have now passed, I can still feel their guiding presence when I visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York or the modern art galleries in The Philadelphia Art Museum. As much as I am delighted by Picasso, Salvador Dali and Matisse and enthralled by Rathko, Kandinsky and Klimt, I must say it is Yaakov Agam, the great experimental Israeli artist, with whom I really feel a kinship.

World renowned for his kinetic sculptures and prismatic “agamographs”, Yaakov Agam also had several of his fantastic innovative designs made into area size tufted rugs. These textured masterpieces are sought after by international art and rug collectors and sell at auction for $15,000.00 and more.  Mr. Agam’s fabulous rugs have been featured in retrospective expositions at the prestigious Guggenheim and the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, France.

Like the great Yaakov Agam, I also decided to design many of my modern rugs in the tufted quality using strong abstract geometric movements in bold colors I design my rugs so they can be used as both floor and wall art and the tactile nature of tufted rugs works very well. I find the impact especially dramatic when one of my rugs is used as the central focal point of a monochromatically designed interior. My main ambition when designing my contemporary rug collections is to create a feeling of transcendence and balance within a space. Although it has always been very difficult to explain verbally, modern art can communicate an artist’s inner vision and I have been told by many clients that my rug designs speak to them and that gives me a great sense of well being.

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