It is, perhaps, even an understatement to say that striped RUGS are having a fairly major moment. More specifically, Ikea's black and white striped knock off of Madeline Weinrib's great broken-stripe dhurrie is having a cultural moment all to itself.
The original in Nate Berkus's former living room
Reading the most recent issue of Matchbook, I was struck by a dhurrie of another stripe in John Robshaw's living room (see what I did there?)
Striped rugs can go coastal quickly, but I love the way this one had a global vibe instead, acting as the perfect foil to all of Robshaw's trademark block prints and far-flung metallics.
After all, this type of dhurrie has been around forever, and it's no new trick in design. The key to keeping it bohemian? Muted, earthy color, wool rather than cotton, and a worn-in, vintage feel.
Amanda Peet's house in Domino
Ellen Pompeo's house, by Matyn Lawrence Bullard, in Arch Digest (I had forgotten how much I love this house!)
On another tack, I love the way the antique striped rugs take the formality down a notch in these spaces. Even when using blue, there is nothing ocean-side about these rooms.
It also may or may not work, in which case we'll pretend we never had this conversation. Deal?