Striped rugs aren’t a new innovation, Gabbah’s, many of which are simple broad striped rug designs made in bright colours have been produced by Persian tribesmen for centuries. They say there is no such thing as an original concept and fashion like the shifting sands will continue to drift and mutate in any direction that the wind blows. While a stripe rug is just that, the sort of thing a child could design, the introduction of colour and texture can make something moderately simple into a complicated and beautiful centrepiece.
The current trend for striped rugs and carpets probably stems from the introduction of the many striped wall coverings presently available. These range from simple broad stripe two-tone to complex varied width stripes in multi-coloured designs. The innovation evolves from vertical stripes to horizontal stripes to diagonal stripes and even zigzag stripes. As the wall covering evolves so too does the home furnishing accessories, curtains, cushions, throws, rugs and carpets all want to coordinate and be an integral part of the stripe revolution.
One of the problems with stripes is too many in a confined space can be overpowering the secret is to use them in moderation. Using striped wallpaper only on a feature wall backed up with striped cushions and a stripe rug is about as heavy as you should take it. When it comes to rugs and fabrics don’t forget about the use of texture, different textures even when they use the same colours can produce an array of interesting effects.
Another example of the innovative use of texture can be found in the Carved Elements rug, the design is an uncomplicated broad and narrow stripe produced in a twist textured polypropylene fibre to ensure appearance retention and durability. Each stripe element has been accentuated by a hand carving separating the colours to give the simplistic design an additional dimension.