One of the biggest trends for homes in 2017 is for rugs that are quite simply, art for your floor (See our Editor-in-Chief’s Trendbulletin 18). Think floor coverings inspired by abstract art, and designs that you could hang on your walls. Welcome to a new world of interiors wonder, inspired by many different influences, here’s nine of our favourites…
1 Abstract inspiration: Golran have made their mark in the rug trade with a series of inspired collaborations with artists and designers, such as this one by Raw Edges, the RCA-trained, Israeli design duo.
2 Natural forms are often a starting point for designers when it comes to rugs, such as this ‘Scratched’ rug by Staffen Tollgard for JAB Anstoelz which reminds of rocks, snow or even reflections on a puddle.
3 Minerals and rock formations are another pervasive influence. And seemingly the starting point for this rug by Chinese fashion designer Han Feng from Tai Ping Carpets.
4 Watercolours: delicate, watery hues are the perfect foil for floors lending coverings washes of colour that recall everything from precious gems to landscapes and mountain ranges. We love this one from Knots Rugs
5 Antiquity: From the ‘Tarantella’ collection, the ‘St Flavia’ rug is hand-knotted in Tibetan linen and silk. Available in any size and colourway from Luke Irwin
6 Flowers are a huge source of inspiration for almost anything associated with design, and in the hands of Olympic torch designers Barber Osgerby, they become subtle and stylish underfoot. The Rug Company
7 Stars and skyscapes: we’ve all whiled away an hour watching cloud formations, or gazing at stars, so how marvellous to see them translated into a rug by the multi award-winning rug designer Jan Kath for Front
8 Aztec designs: geometric and graphic designs are becoming more and more popular, but the patterns are increasingly sophisticated to suit the prevailing mood of artistic splendour for your floor. Floor Story
9 Vintage: antique rugs are also being rediscovered and coveted for their unique patterns and history, such as this multi-coloured Moroccan Azilal rug from Emily’s House
For our pick of the best Berber rugs, real and re-interpreted, see Best Buys: Berber rugs