Friday, April 20, 2012

Sliding Scale: Black and white and stiped all over

It is no secret that stripes are everywhere.  I've done various stripe posts around here, and I'm just one of hundreds of bloggers writing it up.  Special attention has been paid to the Ikea rug that has brought the "low" into many high-style homes, with a frenzy that has rendered the rug backordered and out of stock the world round.  (Want to see it in action?  check out these posts at The City Sage, I'm Busy Procratinating, and a Swedish blog I can't read, or check it out in Ally's old house at From The Right Bank.)

IKEA STOCKHOLM RAND Rug, flatwoven IKEA The rug is hand-woven by skilled craftsmen, and is therefore unique. Wool is naturally soil-repellent.

Can't get your hands on it?  Not to worry.  All of a sudden, just about EVERY retailer is on it with their own version.  They want to help you out, really they do.

black white strip rugs

Top, left to right: Madeline Weinrib, Madeline Weinrib, Dwell Studio
Bottom, Left to right: Crate and Barrel, Surya through RugsUSA, Pottery Barn (swatch), Wisteria


To be fair, Madeline Weinrib was probably making these ugs before, or at least concurrently, with Ikea.  The rest have cropped up recently.  While there is obviously a subtle difference in stripe width and overall color (soft black versus strong black, white versus ivory), the biggest difference in the feel of these is in cotton versus wool and the way they are woven.  The dhurries feel older and worn in (in a good way), the cotton flatweaves (Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn) are pretty crisp and beachy.

What do you think?  Would you go for a little graphic punch on your floors?

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