Flat screen LCD television, dimmer lighting, Swedish furniture, crisp lines and neutral colour schemes - a modern house is a statement of who you are. To maintain the element of modernity, it is important that all the fixtures and fittings reflect this. A simple rug can be the one thing that pulls a room together. So if you are looking to show off your modern tastes, then modern rugs are a must-have accessory.
The wide variety of patterns, materials and finishes ensure that, however your home is decorated, there is a modern rug to suit, from multi-coloured deep shag, to sheepskin, cotton and seagrass, in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colours. You can reflect your fun side, your serious side, your elegant side and your practical side, all through the simple addition of the right rug. Cow hide rugs are available in a number of animal print finishes, and work well on parquet flooring and complement African style décor. These are as at home on the wall as the floor, as their shape is very aesthetically pleasing. Manufactured from food-production by-products, they are an ecologically viable option for those who wish to have a zebra print hide rug, safe in the knowledge that it has not come from the plains of Africa, but has been dyed to look like a zebra hide.
For those of us who love a label, it is good to know that top end designers such as Calvin Klein have joined the ever growing ranks of modern rug designers. Interior decoration is big business, and even the giants of the fashion world have got involved. It is not only colour and design that makes the modern rug a bold statement of you and your home. Circular rugs and asymmetric designs give a cutting edge feel. Mathematically inspired geometric designs can bring a room to life, particularly when teamed with a simple modern colour scheme. This is not to say that you need all mod cons to have a modern rug and make a statement, particularly as many designs classed as ‘modern’ have a distinctly classic feel. ‘Funky’ retro Sixties and Seventies designs and bright colours make a bold statement and are common place in ultra-chic boutique hotels and young and upwardly mobile professionals’ homes. Another old favourite with a modern twist, the rag rug is enjoying a resurgence using a wide range of fabrics and colours.