As seen in this month’s Design Lines Issue..
We fell in love with this gorgeous rug from Agra, India the moment we first laid eyes on it. We love the soft colour palette of blues, greens and golds bringing a sense of tranquility and calm to the eye. These colours reflect a spring-like feel, which is perfect for this time of year.
Even though this is a new rug, it looks antiqued. The weaver achieved this by incorporating faux abrash, which is the variation within the same colour. You’ll notice different shades of golds or greens, for example that vary across the width of the rug. This is abrash. The rug was finished with a tea wash that provides that golden hue and overall antiqued look.
The weaver used only soft organic wool and all-natural vegetable dyes (versus synthetic) to achieve those gentle hues and its incredible softness. The pattern itself is interesting worth noting because the weaver chose to copy a unique design that was the brain child of the infamous Master Weaver Haji Jalili who dominated the industry back in the late 1800s. (more on the famous artist later).
What I love about the design and what makes this piece unique is the symmetrical pattern that does include a traditional central medallion – a pattern also known as an Overall Pattern Design.
Your eye is able to take in the entire rug at at a glance. The lack of a central-medallion also makes it much easier to design and decorate a room.