Moroccan Rugs: Why You Need Them, Stat

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I’m not reinventing the wheel here. What I’m offering is nothing new, however, the addition of vintage Moroccan rugs is certainly a design statement I return to time and time again. They continually add the vibrant pop of color, desired texture, and obscure pattern to an otherwise-neutral room. They also add history, warmth, and that rustic element I yearn for in the interiors I create.
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The synthesis of rural, ancient rug designs juxtaposed against modern clean design makes for a surprisingly pleasing and well-matched combination. These polarizing opposites add intrigue and tension in a room…something I love!
My partner John calls me a sleuth. I am that gal who just does not like to hear "no" or who is put off when things are challenging to find or too pricy. As a matter of fact, it’s the challenge, the hunt of finding “it” that really incites a creative journey for me. I will spend countless hours poring over the Internet, tumbling through the portal of various sites that lead to another and another and another!
I do have a point here, and I promise you will thank me for it! When I was designing my DUMBO home, I absolutely had to have a Moroccan rug for the entry. I specifically desired the colorful Boucherouite rag rug. Sadly, all dealers I contacted offered prices beyond my budget…so, I sleuthed out and eventually found Jean Yves, a French-Moroccan dealer, through Etsy.
After sifting through the Boucherouite site, I ended up scoring four incredible rugs. All totaled less than a quarter of the price of the original rug I was eyeing! The process of seeking it out was somewhat thrilling (I know I'm a design geek) and was super-simple. I sent a PayPal payment, and two weeks later, I had four gorgeous rugs! Excessive, yes. Worth it, yes. Am I swooning over my new rugs…indeed!
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"The media room in my summer home gets a pop of color with a Moroccan rag rug layered upon a woven beachy sisal rug."
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"I have had this Moroccan wedding blanket for years now...always in my bedroom as a rug. Originating from the Handira tribe and sewn on them are sparkly, round palettes that catch and refract the light beautifully. (Artwork by Eric Cahan.)"
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"The great room in my Amagansett home is heightened with a classic Beni Ourain rug. Moroccan carpets are warm and bright and can enhance simplistic home design."
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"This style can be more vibrant, colored with natural dyes such as henna, indigo, saffron, and madder root amongst others."
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"A Moroccan textile finds a home on my Klismos chair and a floor pillow made from a Moroccan blanket sits beside. In my opinion, Moroccan-style accessories can make a home feel luxurious and layered."
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