I recently travelled to Landry & Arcari Rugs in Boston to explore options for the Holiday Show-house I am participating in on December 3rd to benefit the Concord Museum. As usual, I got distracted as we browsed their extensive collection; I saw things for various clients and of course, for myself.
What I went nuts for, though, is something that in my past life I would have NEVER been interested in, but now I have become mildly obsessed with: over-dyed rugs. Half traditional, half totally modern and vintage in nature, these wild saturated beauties bowled me over. These are (usually vintage) hand knotted rugs where the original dyes were removed and then they are literally over-dyed with rich solid color that bleeds into the weave and takes on a brave dimension throughout the pattern of the rug.
They would definitely be the star of a room, but in the right setting, with the right type of home, what a bold look. I could see an over-dyed rug in a modern home with minimalist furniture and accents or in a more transitional setting, but one thing is for sure, they are not for the faint-of-heart. They are available at many upscale rug dealers, ABC Carpet being a great resource as well. Would you dare?