Choosing an area rug for our living room has been one of the trickiest things to shop for; they're either not big enough (or too big) or too ... boring. It's kind of like shopping for jeans: they might fit nicely around the legs, but gape at the waist. So frustrating!
Someone suggested I take a look at Bazaar Velvet's luxurious hand-knotted rugs and they're stunning. Definitely more up my alley than the ho-hum boring ones we've seen so far from John Lewis or IKEA.
I'm also impressed by Bazaar Velvet's commitment to ethical trade standards. As a partner of GoodWeave, the non-profit organization that works to end illegal child labor in the rug industry, Bazaar Velvet works with Tibetan weavers to produce their exquisite, hand-knotted rugs. I complain a lot about how much good quality rugs cost, but seeing the craftsmanship and artistry involved in the set of behind-the-scenes photos on Bazaar Velvet's website made me realize just how much time and effort goes into creating these beautiful works of art.
Trouble is, I can't decide what style to go with ... so I've created my short-list of contenders below and would love it if you helped me choose! I've paired them with items we already own, plus items that we'd maybe like to buy ...
Look #1: The Benniz Berber
I love the irregularity of this gorgeous Moroccan Berber rug and its grey, ombre effect. I think this would look great with copper accessories like the Made Amelia clock which we just purchased, and minimalist, Scandinavian furniture similar to the design of Swoon Edition's Clayton media unit (which would be perfect for the new TV we got a few weekends ago!). I'm also a fan of this copper table lamp from Heal's - I couldn't take my eyes off it during our last trip to the store!
Look #2: The Vintage Anatolian Patchwork
But I'm also a fan of the faded, mismatched pattern of this Anatolian patchwork rug and I think it could be really striking in our living room. I'd let it sing by pairing it with simple, white and brass accents, like this side table from Zara and the West Elm lamp. It's also got a terrific travel-inspired feel and most of the artwork we've collected so far has a travel-theme, like this print by Amy Victoria Marsh, depicting people she observed on her trip to Morocco.
Look #3: The Zaide I
And then I saw the Zaide I. The geometric grey-and-white pattern of this rug really conveys a sense of high-end luxury to me ... it's something I could see in the suite of one of my favorite boutique hotels, or the way I've always imagined wanting my living room to look like! I'm not entirely sure that it's 100% "me", but if I went for it, I'd go all-out luxe with the rest of the room by adding a creamy armchair in a thick, luxe fabric, a gold sunburst mirror, and a colorful vase to offset the neutral palette.
Look #4: The Ethos VC3
Finally ... this is a wool and silk rug. As in, anyone who'd ever step on it with "outside" shoes on would definitely get whacked in the head by yours truly (actually, anyone who steps on my current IKEA rug with outside shoes on already gets some serious side-eye from me: most recently, the salesman from security alarm company ADT). But it's oh-so-beautiful. There's something so striking and bohemian about intricate pattern which makes me think of airy, New York-style lofts and - again - our travels. It would work wonderfully well with the ladder shelf we bought from The Futon Company, as well as the colorful Kilim cushion I've had my eye on for ages at Yonder Living, and this amazing pouf from Anthropologie.
So, what do you think? Which "look" is your favorite? Thanks in advance for helping me pick!
This post was sponsored by Bazaar Velvet. All opinions are my own.