Bring out the Old...
As we make our way into yet another new year, we anticipate what may be the new trends and styles that define 2012. Decorators and designers across the country are blogging about what they think will be the new looks of the year. What do you think they are saying? Surprisingly enough, the "new" look of 2012 is trending to the look of the past.
An interesting shift in decorating today is the renovation of antique and vintage pieces. This is being seen throughout many avenues in society, including fashion and hairstyles as well as interior decorating and furnishings. Pulling out those antiques and renovating them for use is becoming more and more popular. Let's face it, products today just aren't made to last like the products from our grandparents' days. A perfect example is the picture above from one of our customers. An antique railroad cart was found in a family barn. This railroad cart was used on one of the first rail lines between New York and Chicago sometime in the late 1800s. They refurbished the cart and it now sits as a coffee table on top of a beautiful Indo-Heriz -- a new rug with a classic design!
These same trends are true for your area rugs. The "older" look is becoming more and more popular. We have found an increase in our repair services here at Mousaian Oriental Rugs, customers wanting to hold on to their timeless treasures are pulling out the old rugs from the attic and having them restored for use today. Even new rugs are following the trend with the classic styles being given a twist. For example, many new rugs are given a wash to make it look as if it is aged. In a blog by Domestic Comfort (January 18, 2012) a very popular look is the old Persian carpets with a new color palette, much like the one shown here. This Natanz is a classic Persian design, but in colors you cannot find in the antique rugs -- the rich golds and browns accented with various shades of reds, blues and greens. These colors are perfect in the modern home while providing a timeless, classic look.
Below are examples of other rugs that are new productions but designed after a classic style.