Rugs may not be the first thing that catches the eye when a visitor walks into a room but it’s something that contributes a lot in the design of a space.
Rugs can be used to segment areas in a room, dividing them visually into work and relaxation areas or between dining and entertainment. They can also be used to ground a room in philosophy or belief, add warmth where there isn’t any, and communicate culture or a personalized sense of style.
Rugs Are Functional
For those that aren’t used to rugs or having rugs in their home, they may only recognize the functional benefits of them.
Rugs are light and versatile, and can be positioned almost anywhere in a home to improve aesthetics and break up larger rooms into smaller, more comfortable areas. Rugs often protect family furniture from touching the floor and can be used to establish gathering spots such as around the couch or a sitting area.
If you have a low-quality floor, damaged flooring, or if you want to further add to the overall appearance of a room, a rug also works in this dynamic. In a sense, homeowners use rugs to continue to build layers of visual interest. Even in a minimalist-inspired space where individual elements are separated by sometimes significant distances, a rug fills in very little space. When added to interior design, rugs can be the missing element that ties everything together.
Rugs Are A Work of Art
Art isn’t just found in museums. It’s in our culture and our rugs. The rugs we make, choose or purchase communicate beliefs and infuse a space with unspoken messages.
A homeowner doesn’t have many options on how to aesthetically style their floor and some homes don’t have the luxury of being able to hang art by ‘professional artists’. Premium-quality rugs provide these people with a way to express themselves, create, and put on display their art.
Here is another Canada-centric or North American-friendly example. For a long time, grandmothers and heads of the family made quilts and they were given from generation to generation as an expression of family culture. Rugs are used in non-Western cultures for similar reasons.
Looking at history from centuries ago up through to today, you will find rugs used for prayer, funerals, in trade, to pay tribute to other community members or family members, and/or to give the unemployed employment and a way to provide for themselves and their families.
Some may say we are overthinking the value of rugs but for many families and homes, the handmade rugs they use say so much about their culture and art. It is important and these things are important to us.
What Makes ArtiPlanto Rugs Different?
The ArtiPlanto Rug Collection is created from designs from our in-house team. These ‘rug blueprints’ are then sent to a team of skilled artisans in India who weave premium New Zealand wool into the rugs you see today.
The results of all this hard work are stylish, beautiful, quality-made rugs with exquisite handmade patterns.
Why we chose New Zealand wool for our rugs is for many reasons. It’s natural, renewable, and biodegradable, and premium quality strong. It helps to keep spaces temperate in the summer and warm in the winter. It’s also flame-retardant. In our eyes, no other option comes close to ethically-sourced New Zealand wool rugs as you will find at ArtiPlanto. No synthetic fibers involved.