Color Returns - Gloriously

We recently wrote about the possible return of color. The International rug experts at Domotex certainly embraced color in awarding the top prizes for new design to rugs with lots of color.
A sign of things to come? Who knows. Trends are hard to spot until they are indeed trends. 

Beni Ourain Rugs
Beni Ourain refers to rugs woven by a tribal group of the  Berber peoples. They live nomadicly in the Atlas Mountains of North Africa, mainly Morocco.
The Academy Awards of Rug Design
Every year the Domotex trade show brings rug professionals to Hanover, Germany from all over the world.
A Rug Showing - Two Different Looks

Rugs have a remarkable effect on a room. We see it everyday when we place rugs in spaces for designers to approve (or not).

Every Rug Has a Dark Side and a Light Side
All hand-knotted rugs have a dark side and a light side.  Sometimes it's so subtle it's hard to see. Other times it's hard not to see.
Himalayan Influence in Contemporary Rug Design

In the 1970s American rug importers began to take note of the Himilayan rug tradition centered in Nepal. It featured very simple designs, skilled weavers and fabulous wool. American rug designers saw the situation as a blank canvas and contemporary rug design was born.

Patterns - Visual Harmony
People have created decorative patterns since time began. Perhaps a visual rendering of a pattern rhythms brings harmony to the mind like music does with sound.
Silver Screen Gray

From the 1920s into the 1950s movies were graced with the perhaps the best black and white cinematographers that the world will ever know. They mastered every mood, every opportunity for highlighting, for low lighting, for balancing light and dark values, for conveying every emotion.

Neutral and Versatile

Designers have recently shown a preference for contemporary rug designs.

Fascinating Neutrals

Contempory rug design is very popular right now. The style offers advantages.
One of them is its ability to serve as a neutral design element while at the same time offering lots of subtle intricacies that make being in the room a delight.