MODERN RUGS ARE THE PAINTINGS OF THE HOUSE TO BE LOOKED AT WITH THE NOSE DOWN
They are the (perhaps) most silent piece of furniture in the house: under our feet, the carpets are there, lying on the ground, protecting the floor and welcoming the succession of our steps. Undisturbed, with the same expressiveness of artistic composition, modern rugs decorate and embellish the rooms we live in, from the entrance to the house to the bedroom. But that’s not all: these particular tactile and tactile surfaces color the environments, defining spaces and boundaries. That’s why choosing the right rug is no simple child’s play.
First of all, it is necessary to know that behind the uniformity that distinguishes the finished product, there are meticulous and articulated processes that arise from a series of different packaging techniques. Among the most common proposals are considered hand- Handmade rugs which, generally constructed with the same technique used for Persian rugs, are in wool and silk, with a cotton base. On the contrary, carpets woven with a mechanical loom exploit the machinery industry because they weave mainly synthetic fibers, shortening production times and containing costs. Between the two processes, there are hand-tufted rugs which, produced with a semi-manual technique, however they retain all the characteristics of an artisan product. In fact, a cotton net is used on which tufts of the fleece are fired, mostly in wool, but also of other materials, such as silk and linen.
How to choose the carpet: the shape
Subsequently, considering the correct dimensions, it is necessary to understand which is the most suitable shape for your environment: Rectangular rugs are the most common and (perhaps) the easiest to place. The straight and regular lines that define their contours make them a perfect solution for large and airy spaces, such as the living room. But be careful: if you choose a carpet for the living room, make sure that the dimensions are equal to or greater than the length of the sofa. The edges must coincide or, better still, create a little difference in height between the cushions of the upholstery or any attached chaise longue and the textile edging. If, on the other hand, you want to put it under the dining table, the width of the rug must allow it to go around the top while remaining with your feet on the surface. Do not be intimidated by the food that could fall to the ground, by the crumbs scattered here and there or by the possibility that liquids could accidentally spill from the table: there are numerous do-it-yourself guides to follow that answer the fateful question “how to clean carpets” . For those who love the elegance of Round rugs, the same principle applies: the surface lying on the ground must frame the furniture it welcomes, to avoid, in addition to the rocking of the chairs or armchairs, that stringent and suffocating optical effect that occurs when not the right proportions are respected. This is why the square rug is a choice that can be risky if not designed ad hoc for a corner of the house: an idea could be to spread it under a small round coffee table or a padded pouf, to create a particular game of geometries. opposite. Irregular carpets are increasingly in vogue: angular shapes and beehive-like compositions spread over the floors of the house, recreating particular colored arrangements. In addition to being on the ground, this particular type of furniture also lends itself to posting: just like artist’s canvases displayed on the walls, the rugs hanging on the wall are the modern version of tapestries. Used to replace the headboard or instead of a main painting in the living room, wall rugs not only decorate: they warm the environment and muffle noise thanks to their sound-absorbing properties.
More architectural and artists are the choice of an irregular carpet: the edges, albeit geometric, draw particular composite arrangements that seem to be built ad hoc to fill the right and necessary space. Parquet Tetragon is the project designed by Front for the Kilim collection by Gan: like a beehive, the polygons made of the wool climb to the ground in a particular arrangement that alternates full and empty. These kilim rugs (Turkish word also present in the kelim variant or Kilim which in Persian means rough blanket), are an original idea if you do not want to cover the whole floor and, perhaps, enhance its texture and the material it is made of.
How to choose the carpet: the color
Once you have chosen the shape and size, you have to look at the chromatic mix: neutral colors for a refined and material touch, saturated shades for a burst of liveliness. If colored rugs are a touch of freshness on demand, the more classic shades in shades of beige and white are a timeless passe-partout. Modern Rugs are able to establish a coherent and balanced dialogue with the environment that hosts them if the color palette that distinguishes them takes into account the furniture around. And above all of the light. In a bright space, you can opt for a multicolor or more bizarre solution; if, on the other hand, the room is rather small and narrow, such as a corridor, a neutral carpet is better, between off-white (not optical, too sterile and not very domestic) and gray. Pay attention to black: a dark carpet can have a graphic or chic connotation if in stark contrast to everything else. And to answer the question of color block or fantasy, take a look around: if the living room or bedroom is rather unadorned, with essential and rigorous furniture, dare with geometric patterns, floral prints, and overlapping games. Better a plain-colored carpet if the furniture or the architectural composition of the interiors are already the masters.
Contrasting tones and vibrant nuances fill the Visioni – A Elettrico carpet that Patricia Urquiola designed for CC Tapis. The rugs made by the Spanish designer have been made entirely by hand with colors and materials that testify to the desire to give value to ancient production techniques by adding a contemporary breath. Himalayan wool is intertwined to give volume and body to an abstract and hyper-decorative pattern.
Soft and whispered colors instead define the solution by Amini Carpets. RD Grid Kilim is the name of the designer carpet designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for the Tribal collection of the company which, through graphic signs and simple geometries, speaks for symbols and abstract compositions referring to an ancient and rocky language. The monochromatic hexagon is enriched by a crossing of lines obtained from the intertwining of a blend of fine Indian wools. Suitable for living environments, thanks to the shape that characterizes it, it defines the space around.
Manual weaving also for the patterned carpet by Moroso: the collection of pure wool carpets, Sardinian Rugs, designed by Patricia Urquiola in 2006 is handcrafted in Sardinia on ancient wooden looms with the local technique of “Pibiones”: an artifact, obtained thanks to the use of the horizontal loom, characterized by a particular relief embroidery which, made of many knots (the term pibiones indicates the grapes), is made on a smooth weave usually in white linen or cotton. While the pibiones can also be in colored wool.