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Fall Area Rug Trend Alert: Curating Calm with Serene Palettes

Area rug designs are featuring a combination of natural, soft -- and sometimes feminine colors -- that take their cues from the fashion runways in New York and Paris earlier this year.

RugNews.com Editors
collage of runway fashion, interiors, area rugs in blush, peach and ivory tones
Blush pinks, peach nougat and almond oil colors set the backdrop for sophisticated serene styles from rug makers, home players
and fashion runways. Top row, Thonet upholstered chair 520 by Marco Dessí, Kalaty Rivage RG-836; middle row: S&H Rugs Abstract SH58033,
Safavieh TIbetan TB949A-8, Nourison Starry Nights STN12; bottom row: Lemieux et Cie by Momeni ARG-1NAT; Benjamin Moore, Color of
the Year 2020, Fall/Winter 20/21, Max Mara

SPECIAL REPORT -- Fall/Winter 2020-2021 runways were filled with natural, soothing color combinations that include Peach Nougat, Almond Oil and Rose Tan -- a palette embraced by fashion-forward area rug manufacturers.

Those sophisticated and subtle shades are in a broad cross-section of design styles spanning geometric, tribal, traditional and contemporary motifs, and prove the soothing complement to interior design directions that focus on creating a calming and soothing sanctuary in the home.

The popular look includes natural materials, clean and simple profiles, and inviting furnishings designed to create a soothing at-home environment that serves as a foil to the crisis and uncertainty unfolding globally as the COVID crisis continues.

In fact, part of High Point Market's summer/fall 2020 Style Report showcases designer Rachel Cannon, whose Focus On Wellness/Quiet Rooms sought out furnishings with mental wellness in mind. "I searched for new pieces that would be Ideal for a quiet room," she said, about products sourced for their simple, classic lines in a palette of mostly ivory and creams that encourage a "clutter free" sensibility.

High Point Market's Summer/Fall 2020 Trend Report had two designers showcasing the creating calm design trend.

Likewise, interior designer Rachel Moriarty, another Style Spotter included in the summer/fall guide, focused on the Home Sanctuary design direction. "Moving forward we will be focused on creating home sanctuaries and havens. "With everyone at home at the same time we need to create moments throughout our home for the little luxuries like curling up with a good book, sipping a cup of tea or for a mindfulness practice ... A hanging chair, a plush chaise lounge, a cozy pillow are perfect examples of pieces that will help create sanctuary in your home."

Under foot, an area rug can set the tone for an entire room or just offer a soothing plush feel. Natural materials, subtle designs, and neutral and soft blush palettes offer a quieting finish to a design.

RugNews.com surveyed a broad range of area rug manufacturers, representing categories from hand-knotted to machine-made, to discover the latest designs that speak to the sanctuary at home trend. Below are our favorite area rugs, to be this Fall at High Point Market, and elsewhere, that speak to the trend.


image of hanging chair and abstract rug
Couristan's Serenity collection rug alongside Artesia's hanging chair.


tribal ivory rug
Dynamic Rugs' Liberty (2130-200) collection features tribal-inspired high-low designs.


blush color rug
Feizy's Colton collection (8792F) featured in blush offers a texture-right geometric design.


Kalaty's Rivage rug features a barely there design in trending palettes.
Shown with Hickory Chair's flared arm sofa by Mariette Himes Gomez


Kaleen's new hand-woven Marl collection (MAR01) offers an almost solid, simple design with rustic  hand-serged finish.


tribal inspired rug
Momeni's successful Lemieux et Cie collections offers earthy color combinations hand-crafted of natural materials. Shown, ARG-1NAT


classic design rug with blush tone
Nourison's popular Starry Nights (STN12 in blush) offers the subdued classic motifs trending with buyers.


abstract rug in creams blush and moss
Oriental Weavers' power-loomed Capistrano (536a) blends soothing blush tones and moss.


abstract rug and rust chair
S&H's hand-knotted Abstract design (SH58033) from its modern wool and silk series offers a contemporary take on champagne.
Shown with Neuvo Clementine armchair


image of desk and rug
Safavieh offers a luxe barely there classic motif from its hand-knotted TIbetan collection (TB949A-8) in blush pink and cream.
Shown with Curated Kravet Meyers desk


ivory tonal tribal rug
Surya's new Kayseri is made of hand-tufted wool and includes medallion, tribal and contemporary designs in tonal hues of taupe, cream and beige.
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