Even though geometric rugs are the height of fashion today, their patterns go back thousands of years to ancient art and architecture. The fact that we consider geometric rugs modern today shows us that they will always look fresh if used with imagination. The best way to open up our imagination is to look at how great interior designers are decorating with geometric rugs. Geometric rugs make traditional interiors look modern and they give modern interiors a sense of history, sophistication and glamor.
1. A stunning dining room by Maurice Fatio who inspired Cole Porters 1930’s song “I want to live on Maurice Fatio’s patio..” . Fatio chose a beige and cream geometric rug to unify a neoclassical dining room. The cool greys and blues on the walls, drapes, ceiling and neoclassical fireplace are warmed by beiges in the geometric rug and neoclassical dining chairs. An elegant crystal chandelier hangs from the circular neoclassical ceiling pattern. Square and circular shapes are in musical harmony throughout this light and elegant dining room which is truly worthy of the Cole Porter’s song. Image courtesy Pinterest Geometric Rugs.
2. The British design icon David Hicks drew heavily on ancient architecture and art for the geometric rug in this 1970’s living room. The octagonal Moroccan table reminds us of the antiquity of the geometric rug’s pattern and also resonates with the octagonal motifs in the geometric rug. A yellow modernist painting and red pillows add warmth and pops of color while the comfortable white sofa beckons us to relax. The brown upholstered chair resonates with the brown in the geometric rug as well as creates an interesting resonance by being in between the white sofa and the white lamp. Image courtesy Pinterest Geometric Rugs.
3. A wall of windows surrounded by expanses of white walls topped by a magnificent domed ceiling bathes this living room with light. This room illustrates balance in shapes and a balance between warm and cool colors. The diamond pattern in the rosy-beige geometric rug balances the curved and rounded shapes in the ceiling, in the blue and white porcelain jars, and in the rounded armrests of the sofa and upholstered chair. The warm beige of the geometric rug and the sofa are balanced by the cool blue of the pillows, floor lamp shade, and the porcelain in the foreground and on the table near the mirror. Image courtesy Pinterest Geometric Rugs.
4. This dining room strives for symmetry beyond mere balance. There are symmetrical pairs of trees, paintings and figurines. Then there is the balance of square and rounded shapes. The square shape of the Greek-key pattern in the geometric rug and the square shape of the room are balanced by the oval dining table and the circular motifs in the rounded backs of the dining chairs. There balance of color is also on two levels- the balance between black and white, and the balance between the warm yellows, golds and reds and the cool greens and blues. The feathery motifs in the white chandelier add to the slightly surreal ambiance. Image courtesy Pinterest Geometric Rugs.
5. For his living room in Melbourne, the Australian David Hicks chose a grey geometric rug in an ancient Chinese version of the Greek-key motif. There are more allusions to history in a room which at first glance looks very modern- the white and grey marble block and the cross legged stool covered in black and white leopard fabric that go back to classical Rome. Dark and light contrast plays upon the lustrous pile of the geometric rug and the rich fabric of the slate gray sofa. The burst of purple and bluish red in the abstract art and the blue irises give this room an overall cool feeling. Image courtesy D PAGES
5A. This view of David Hicks’ living room shows a balance of square and curved shapes as well as a balance between warm yellows and browns of the Japanese screen and the cool greys and blues. The broad sunny yellow expanse of the traditional Japanese also has a softening effect on this otherwise cold room. Image courtesy D PAGES
6. The large scale of the Greek key geometric rug seems to visually expand the width of this narrow library and draw the eye to the beautiful lemon yellow chairs and long wood table with angled leg supports. The greenish brown sofa with nail heads is snugly wedged between aqua shelves on the walls. Natural light from the window makes this a good place to snuggle in with a book. The three wavy patterns on the shade take the eye to the back and top of the room and add vertical interest while the delicate giraffe figures move the eye to admire the finer details of this beautiful room. Image courtesy Pinterest Geometric Rugs.