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The Veneer Designs Guide to Rugs - Part 3

A narrow patterned kilim at the foot of the bed over a larger sisal rug.

A narrow patterned kilim at the foot of the bed over a larger sisal rug.

This installment is by request and its all about layering rugs. When people see my work they tell me, "I should start layering rugs like you do". I never thought that was something particular to me, plenty of designers do it, but maybe I do it a little too often. Is it a signature move? More like a trick.

A pretty jewel toned Persian is framed by a larger jute rug in the living room.

A pretty jewel toned Persian is framed by a larger jute rug in the living room.

I use this trick when I have one rug that is quite special but too small for the room.  Tada - make it look bigger and more formidable by placing it over a neutral rug.

A soft thin natural cowhide over a rougher thin pke rug with blemishes to hide.

A soft thin natural cowhide over a rougher thin pke rug with blemishes to hide.

Or a big rug that's a good piece but maybe has a stain or hole in the middle that needs to be covered by a smaller rug.

A softer thick sheepskin over a rough thin kilim in a nursery.

A softer thick sheepskin over a rough thin kilim in a nursery.

Some rules I follow to make it not seem crazy:

  • pattern with neutral - never pattern on pattern, usually the neutral underneath. Two patterns will make it seem too busy and like you live in crazy town. A neutral acts as the frame to the art of the patterned rug.
  • Soft/thick with thin/scratchy - the soft on top obviously, whether that's the thick one or not. Two thick rugs together become a tripping hazard with their combined heights.
  • No rug pad. Two rugs is enougfh, You will not need an additional pad beneath.
Two smaller rugs with the same pattern are layered side by side on a larger sisal rug to create a 3 part arrangement.

Two smaller rugs with the same pattern are layered side by side on a larger sisal rug to create a 3 part arrangement.

Its not rcoket science and easier than you think. Try it and see if you like how it looks in your home.

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