Add Zip to Mid Century Modern with Brown & Green Decorative Rugs

Brown, gold, green, purple traditional Oriental rug

When choosing a rug to go with mid-century modern furniture, the predictable thing to do would be to select a mid-century modern rug such as the two rugs shown below. Asmara Design Consultant Alexis McDermott chose the Istana decorative rug because it brings the excitement of the unexpected and creates a richer mix.

Art Deco Savonnerie rug, taupe, blueSwedish pile rug handmade

Left: A 1920 Art Deco Savonnerie antique decorative rug in taupe, brown and white; Right: Märta Måås-Fjetterström circa 1934 Swedish decorative rug in cream, blue, yellow and brown. Both rugs from FJ Hakimian, New York. Both these rugs are from the same design era and will work just fine with mid-century modern furniture. But will they be as exciting a choice as the Istana decorative rug?

When all the elements in a room are from the same period, the look is never as energizing as when we artfully mix different styles, periods, textures and materials. So while the 1920s Art Deco Savonnerie or the circa 1934 Swedish rug would be technically appropriate choices for mid-century modern furniture, they would not have created the drama, warmth and freshness that comes from the mix shown in the above scheme.

Another factor to consider before making a major purchase such as a fine handmade decorative rug that will last a long time is to ask how adaptable it will be if in the future we desire a change in decorating styles.

We all know that fashions and life styles change with time. A decorative rug that has the ability to enhance many different styles of decor is a better value than a rug that is very specific to a particular style. Last week we showed the Istana decorative rug in a traditional decorating scheme demonstrating its great flexibility.

What kind of rug would you chose with mid-century modern furniture?




T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Credenza; Surfboard Coffee Table; Octagonal Art Deco Peach Glazed Beveled Mirror; Brass Lamps; Three Legged Occasional Table; A.J. Iversen Danish Loveseat; JEAN ROYERE x shaped bench; 1950s Italian Club Chairs; Paint.

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