The Shabby Chic look was championed by designer Rachel Ashworth and her Shabby Chic brand in America. The look is soft, romantic and calm. Whites, soft pinks, mint greens and grey's dominate. Large sloppy sofas and painted floors are the backdrop to add carefully selected "clutter." Adding distressed furniture and an old worn Oriental rug completes the look.
We have seen more distressed rug designs coming into the marketplace and the trend seems to be gaining momentum and becoming more popular. Although there is more going on than the minimalist schemes of the late nineties the look can create a much calmer atmosphere in your home if you get it right. The rugs can be chintzy, bold floral's or faded reproduction Orientals, all working equally well.
Rug companies such as Louis de Poortere were quick to recognise the growing trend and launched their beautful Vintage collection. Now a world wide best seller, the collection comprises of three distinct looks.
Multi features a multi-coloured patchwork design in nineteen bold colourways, from the vibrant sunbird with a jewel like colour palette to the tone on tone black and white or blue denim. The perfect partner for a distressed or painted wood floor.
Heriz and Young Urbanite are inspired by the new fad of over-dyed traditional Oriental rugs, usually painted by hand to create a brand new look. Heriz features a classic Persian medalion design with a central teardrop motif where as Urbanite has an all over design, wickedly decadent colours from bright cerise pink to warm earthy saffrons are perfect for that statement piece for the middle of your floor.
For those wanting a true Shabby Chic look the Fedra has a truly distressed look that emulates decades of wear, available in denim, mole brown and soft grey for a more relaxed ambience.
The collection is machine woven using a wool and cotton chenille blend to create a heavy flat woven fabric. Available in eight standard sizes including a square and hall runner. Prices start from £85.00 for a 90 x 60cm.