You can know too much about rugs.
For Immediate Release:
What there is for anyone to understand about rugs will take a lifetime. As my friend Manas says, “You can know too much about rugs, and you can have a passion that makes up for everything.” So taking this advice to heart years ago, as an artist I analyzed what visually happens in a room when there is or isn’t a rug. My process has been distilled like whiskey in the oak barrel down to two things.
One, the rug pattern is dominant in the room and “lifts” upward in energy. Two, the rug pattern is not dominant and settles down to the floor.
That’s rug visuals – now onto the “emotionals” of a rug in a room. No matter how beautiful the flooring is and this is particularly difficult for almost everyone, you don’t need a sea of wood, tile, stone or polished concrete. It has been my experience that the reason kitchens are the gathering point of any locale (home or office) is the forced proximity of the individuals in the space. English please, we’re closer together than in any other room and it feels good. Tighter spaces make us comfortable. So soaring ceilings and wood molding are intellectually comforting but not emotionally satisfying – No matter what the view is out the windows you will always go to the kitchen and hang out.
Rugs visually add an emotional element that lowers the ceiling and creates the island of sanctuary in any room. Another positive point is that stone, wood and glass windows are balanced with the color and texture and pattern of rugs. It balances the inside with the outside and makes the space warmer without having a fire burning. Incredible you may say. I repeat back to you, yes. Incredible.
For the novice, your first response will be, “it’s too busy, I can’t have pattern on the furniture and have a pattern in the rug.” It is this tape that plays in your head and I need to know whose voice is on that tape. Seriously, whose voice is it? Without erasing that tape, we can’t introduce change. Change for the better. How many design magazines have neutral furniture with neutral rugs with neutral painted walls? Many are all one color. As a creative person this is fine for OCD folks. The rest of us like to be entertained by our homes.
About the Company:
For 20 years The Arrangement has stood apart from others through its showcasing of refined, rustic, and inherently unique furniture and accessories crafted from artisans around the world. We offer our clientele an opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind, elegant pieces, rich in our native western heritage. In the last 4 years, owner/chief, Katherine Snedeker, has sought to change what people think of western furniture – increasing the selection, offering eclectic designs, and continuously changing what is on the showroom floor. A walk through the store is truly an amazing adventure.