Rug Trends: Worn Out Is In

Whether made threadbare by time or by design, the exposed weaves and distressed dyes of these rugs create a look that is worn out and welcome.

By Sarah Virginia White
Photo credit: Shivhon
Peeling Paint

Using a manipulated photograph of peeling paint that she spotted on an outdoor wall near her Venice home, designer Shirley Shivhon created the plum-colored Exposed rug in hand-knotted wool and silk., from $3,400.

Photo credit: Classic Fever
Dip and Fade

The ornate pattern of the Vintage Stone rug—inspired by the curlicues of antique iron gates—dips and fades when viewed from different angles, thanks to a blend of high-sheen wool, silk and linen. It is available at San Francisco’s Classic Fever., from $8,100.

Photo credit: Dzinestore
Sense and Sensibility

The Decolorized carpet by Golran, at SF’s Dzine, blends Old World allure with a contemporary sensibility. The look was created by stripping a vintage rug of color and tinting it with successive rounds of monochromatic vegetable-based pigments., price upon request.

Photo credit: Taiping Carpets
Hued Hemisphere

Undulating silk and recessed wool mimic the smoky imperfections of semiprecious clouded alabaster in the Hemisphere rug from Tai Ping., price upon request.

Photo credit: Marc Phillips Rugs
Erased Masterpiece

Step into the Marc Phillips showroom in LA and run your hand over the wool-and-silk Rajasthan No. 01, which features artfully erased colors and a low pile to help create its super-smooth, aged look., $20,500.

Photo credit: HD Buttercup
Dye Dynamics

A fresh dye job, including an overlaid Oriental design, restores life to this antique hand-knotted carpet from Pakistan, available at HD Buttercup’s new Rug Gallery in SF., $1,950.

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