Since selling the ottoman in my sitting room a lot more of the rug has been on show and I have been deluged with questions about it. Very sadly the gorgeous company who made it, The House Of Rym, has since closed down so the rug is no longer available. I spotted it on their website quite some time before we moved in to our house but at £700 it was out of my budget. I had the tab open on my phone for weeks and then one day I checked it again and the rug was in the sale at £190. I have never ever bought anything so quickly! I based the decor of the whole living space around the rug and I still absolutely adore it.
The rug is made of wool and a kilim style flat weave so it feels quite different to a lot of wool rugs or carpets as there is no pile. It is soft but not spongey or shaggy. This type of kilim rug is quite unique when compared to other patterned rugs as they actually act as a neutral; it is possible to layer pattern upon pattern with a kilim as the base. The geometric patterns are timeless and as can be seen in these homes they will fit in with many different styles of interiors…
It is impossible to find anything the same as the rug that I have – trust me, I have looked endlessly – but I would like to share my pick of similar style rugs and I hope that may help those people that have asked me about mine.
Vintage Scandinavian flat weave rugs
These Scandinavian rugs are probably most similar to my rug, which is a Swedish design. They are all vintage rugs from Vinterior and there are other rugs in their Scandinavian rugs category if you like these:
Hand woven using traditional techniques, these flat weave wool rugs are beautiful and all one off unique pieces. There are hundreds available from Nain Trading so check out their Kilim Afghan rugs category. I have just bought a ‘modern kilim’ from them for our office so I will show it to you when it arrives.
ebay one offs
You’d better be quick if you like the look of any of these are they are all Buy It Now sales…
And just a couple of mass produced kilim style rugs that are quite tricky to find…
Some advice when buying one off rugs
When choosing a one off rug there are a few things you need to check and consider. Firstly, the size of one off rugs varies hugely and there are no standard sizes like you get on the high street. Do make sure to check the exact measurements very carefully and don’t be fooled by images of the rugs that can make teeny weeny mats look like large area rugs. Some ebay sites in particular superimpose rugs into room images and scale them up to make them look a lot bigger than they actually are. Also be mindful to check what the rugs are made of; wool rugs will generally be more substantial, thicker and heavier than cotton rugs. If you want a rug that won’t wrinkle or for a heavy traffic area you will want a relatively thick rug. You will also need to bear in mind the cost of underlay for any rug you buy. I have always found that kilim rugs are amazingly good at disguising marks and stains and they wear so well too. Our sitting room rug looks as good as when we bought it two years ago despite living with a very large dog and young child.
I hope that helps! If you are looking and don’t see something you like here do make sure to click through to the different sellers as they have lots more to offer.
Hi there, do you think it’s silly to have a rug over carpet? We have new carpet in our living room- pale grey with the tiniest hint of lilac, but I love old Kilim and Berber rugs… would it be ridiculous to have one next to our sofa?!
Thank you for all your inspiration. Currently up at night with a 6 week old so your blog is a great way to keep myself awake! X
Oh congrats!!! I think rugs over carpets can work and if you love it go for it! Doesn’t really matter what others think x
I love the use of images on this post!! Fabulous
Could you tell me where you got your ercol type table that your TV is on please?
It is an Ercol table and I got it from Houseology x