Supertrend – the wall rug

So, you thought rugs were for putting on your floor to cover up the draughty bits between your beautiful floorboards? Or maybe you imagined rugs reach their most decorative when used to add colour and pattern underfoot. News just in… rugs are also for hanging on your walls. Enter the wall rug. In truth this is old news if you’ve been living the boho dream in Morocco, where textiles adorn the walls in all the grooviest riads. But there’s also been a resurgence of the idea among contemporary designers and brands. Rug company cc-tapis were especially plugged into this at Milan’s Furniture Fair last month, where their collections included collaborations with Patricia Urquiola, Studio Toogood, Martino Gamper, Studio Pepe and Mae Engleer that brought the walls of their exhibition space to life.

Studiopepe’s design (above) mixes deep charcoal and brown with warm gold, flatweave with deep pile and, shown here, is set off beautifully on a wall painted with nude pink and mustard colour blocks.

Studio Toogood sticks to trademark black and white, also mixing textures within pieces.

Meanwhile Patricia Urquiola’s pieces merge geometric shapes with muted neutrals and pastels plus the odd hot jolt of red.

Rich earthy terracotta tones are mixed with bright primary blue and red from Hermes.

Yeah Wall Rug from Monologue London plays on the traditional deep pile Berber rug in a wall hanging that mostly combines soft pastels, but for a splash of burnt orange. The fringe gives it a nice off kilter finish.

If you prefer to keep things traditional, Emily’s House London and Hay Vintage – the two work in partnership – both sell a huge collection of Moroccan rugs that they’ve long been promoting as ideal for walls. Each piece is individually woven by female weavers in the Atlas Mountains meaning each one is like a unique piece of art…

…and this is perhaps the beauty of the trend – if you can’t afford a large scale artwork to fill that big empty space above your sofa, on the way up the stairs, at the back of your bed and so on, then start eying up your high street rugs as potential alternatives instead.

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Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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