February Find of the Month – dreamy rugs and flooring
At GDP Interiors, we bring you a little insider peek into some special products on a regular basis, with our “Find of the month”.
I came across these beautiful rugs from Dash and Albert recently, while sourcing for a client’s lounge room mini makeover. Since then, I’ve seen them in various media from television to the most recent edition of Country Style (pages 79 & 80). So from editors to decorators alike, these rugs have all round appeal.
Particularly for makeover jobs, rugs with interesting patterns, colours or textures can be the key piece to tying all other disparate elements. Your rug can feature colours from window furnishings, art or scatter cushions and pull them all together into the centre of the room. Provided your coffee table doesn’t hide it, in which case you need a bigger rug anyway!
In this case, our customers’ flooring and existing drapes were all very warm, so we sought to add a cool blue-green colouring. You can see in the example of rugs above, that they have a fairly balanced ratio of cool to earthy colours, which is perfect. A stripe, a trellis, and a chunky texture – more than enough to select from!
There are quite a few differences in these rugs, most notably the various weaves:
We have a plain woollen tufted pile (stripe) with a soft twist in the pile, nice and dense but soft and floppy on the floor. So often I see synthetic rugs that are stiff and bristly; most uninviting in a lounge of all places! This one has a luxurious pile height and beautifully graded thin stripes in sea-foam colouring.
The trellis design is a looped knot, wool again, and this is the rug for you if you don’t like tracking footprints! The design is a bit more formal in tone but the softness of colour makes it versatile in many schemes. It’s available in a few other colours, including sage green and neutrals. In the photo above, I have paired it with a beige metallic wallpaper and soft breezy sheers.
Finally the standout design is a contrast of flat weave and oversized loops in a natural jute. It’s so lovely with the blue veining throughout the base, don’t you think? This could compete with busy furnishings, but if you had a plain scheme it could really be the feature in the room. Jute is a little scratchier than wool, but this is a very refined version and the loop height gives it a nice softness underfoot.
These are just three of a very broad selection of various shapes and sizes from Dash and Albert. Some are stocked in Australia, and there are many more designs and sizes available on special order from America. The range is immense, indoor/outdoor rugs, stair runners, mats and other soft furnishings.
I won’t tell you which one the client went with, you’ll have to stay tuned and keep an eye on our gallery!
GDP Interior Design is a stockist of Winton House products. Product enquiries welcome here.
Until next month,