20 Nov What a difference a rug makes
Georgian homes and interiors traditionally feature stone or wood floors fully exposed or with a loose floor covering to add colour, texture and softness.
It can be tempting to leave a beautiful floor fully exposed and often this is the right thing to do. However, in a drawing room the addition of a rug can make a huge difference. It can be used to zone a seating area or to consolidate a colour scheme.
Here is an example of a house whose interiors we worked on. The photos below show the spectacular drawing room adorned in Georgian decor, complete with fresco ceiling, silk blue wall covering and stunning period features, before the bespoke rug was delivered.
And here is the same room with the rug installed.
The handmade rug picks out the terracotta colours in the ceiling pulling the whole scheme into a cohesive period design. It also balances the space removing the mass of dark wood in the floor. This allows the mahogany furniture to complement rather than become subsumed by the floor. And there are surprising benefits to adding a rug that you may not think of such as the improvement in acoustics and the protection of the floor beneath.
Having a bespoke rug made by hand, using traditional skills that are centuries old, half way around the world is a relatively costly and lengthy process – hence the time lapse between the photos above. The end result however is an artwork to be treasured for generations that can make a room.
In terms of sourcing a rug or rug-maker we always advise people to look for companies who look after the welfare of their weavers. It is worth checking that any supplier is a member of the organisation Good Weave.
This rug was made by The Rug Company and we think it looks stunning, we hope you agree!