Wednesday, March 16

Our Favorite Rugs, Unique One-Of-A-Kind Simple Beauties from Doris Leslie Blau

these vintage rugs offered through Doris Leslie Blau

We love Swedish low-pile rugs, 
our favorite rug trend now
fashion photographs courtesy Vogue Magazine
Caroline Herrerra NYC fashion week, 2016 Frick Museum
Showing both here on the fashion runway a few weeks ago during NYC Fashion Week, and in Paris in January at Maison Objet, I noted an interesting and unusual color combining happening in fashion and home design.  I loved the showing of color at Caroline Herrera's collection showcased in the garden at the Frick Museum.  The colors she put together for her collections are beautiful, yet there is an edge with bits of brown and charcoal and tan running through cutting against the sweetness of the minty green, pale blue, soft skin tone pink.  This color combining is gorgeous.

The home market is showing similar palettes and after years of strong, vibrant color we are seeing subtle yet interesting combinations.  For rugs, I keep turning to those perfectly orchestrated vintage Swedish low pile rugs.  These rugs take me back to a beautiful well-worn Scandinavian home, yet they hold a modern, stylish edge to them making them perfectly poised to fit seamlessly in almost any home today.  They would work beautifully in a beach cottage, a sophisticated urban apartment offering skyline views, or a rambling California-style home.  The chameleon nature and restrained design makes it my most favored and on-trend rug right now.  This unique Folk Art now works to tell an important story about the history of Sweden as rug makers.  The colors are typically Scandinavian in palette, and oh, so moderne.  Take a look at some of our favorites, and these beauties are offered up through Doris Leslie Blau's website.

A little bit about the history of these rug:
Originally created in the 15th Century as utilitarian material to cover the people and fishermen of Sweden during harsh winters, the rya rugs then were thick, long-pile and shaggy, but later became more refined and works of art, woven by artisans who utilized iconic images from every day life into the motifs--floral, leave pattern, animals, geometric.  Swedish carpet designer Marta Maas-fiettestrom started an important movement of now popular Scandinavian rugs that hold an elegant yet simple purity to them, and are well crafted which helps to make these rugs coveted and valuable. From the 1919-1940s Mass-fiettestrom worked on her nature-inspired designs, meticulously producing collections and inspiring artisans who then took her aesthetic and grew it even further.  Take a look at a few of our favorite rugs from Doris Leslie Blau.

Happy Nesting
XO Tamara
shop these  antique rugs on Doris Leslie Blau's website

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