If you desire to create a space in your home that breathes an air of history, needlepoint rugs are an excellent place to start. Many historic interiors you’re familiar with feature hand-stitched needlepoint rugs. When made with high-quality, lanolin-rich wool, needlepoint rugs are easy to care for and definitely made to last.
Needlepoint Rugs Bring a Sense of History
There’s no better way to show that needlepoint rugs are truly heirloom quality pieces than to bring you to this Georgian merchant’s house in London’s Spitalfields conservation district. The interior has been preserved as it was left, with minimal maintenance over time. Today, visitors to this double-fronted 18th-century property are most likely there for photo shoots or private functions. Here we see a needlepoint rug from before mass production was even possible. You’ll note the colors are still vibrant, the geometric detail and texture are still clear, and the history of the piece invites visitors to wonder whose hands made the beautiful needlepoint stitches and whose feet have walked over them. Image courtesy of 4 Princelet Street
Of course, you can take that same sense of history and breathe fresh, new life into it as Lisa Torbett has done in this spacious living room in Sea Island, Georgia. By incorporating classic touches, such as the large ironwork chandelier and a large size Bombay geometric needlepoint rug, the room has a sense of presence and elegance that would not be there without the rug. Image courtesy of Lisa Torbett Interiors
Enrich Rooms with Geometric Needlepoint Rugs
The neutral palette of this room by Bobbi Smith Interiors is both welcoming and calm. What brings energy to the space is the strong geometric pattern of the needlepoint rug Smith chose as the base of the room. Using needlepoint rugs to introduce splashes of color throughout a space – as Smith has done here with golden accents – is a great way to make the eye move across the room. Smith has kept the gold tones mellow which keeps the room feeling calm while still adding energy and warmth. Image by Antoine Bootz, Southern Accents
Bravo TV’s “Million Dollar Decorator” Mary McDonald’s whimsical mix of patterns, colors and textures creates an energetic bedroom whose color palette is derived from the Bergamo needlepoint nug. McDonald told Veranda magazine “What’s important is to have the exact same weight of the colors and patterns on the bed and the wallpaper, so that even though they’re super-strong and heavy, the fact that they’re both super-strong and heavy — and one doesn’t seem wimpy in comparison — makes them balance each other out.” Her wizardry in mixing lively reds with shades of coral and the zing of Benjamin Moore’s Chamomile green furthers the robust energy, while the beautifully-patterned Bergamo needlepoint rug pulls everything together into a beautiful composition. Photo by Tim Street-Porter, House Beautiful
Create a Collected Look with Needlepoint Rugs
Needlepoint rugs play a key role in the collected atmosphere of this stunning guest room the fairytale mountain home designer Bill Cook created for himself with the help of architect Michael Faust. “I did want the home to look conjured from the imagination, like a dream,” Cook says. The layered needlepoint rugs are used to add to the cozy ambiance created by natural stone walls, the unique tiled hearth, beamed ceiling and assembled objects, both ordinary and antique, that guests are invited to enjoy during their stay. Photo by Erica George Dines, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles
Needlepoint rugs are durable, refined and regal – providing an exquisite base for your next interior design dream world.