I’ve been having a bit of an internal struggle lately regarding everyone’s favorite rugs right now, Beni Ourains and Azilals. This classic style has had a major resurgence lately, and rightfully so — they’re gorgeous. But when I finally gave in to my desire to own one, I was struck by how much they shed. I know a period of shedding is common with thick wool rugs, but it’s been over a year now, and it looks like I’m hiding a giant white and gray Bernese mountain dog somewhere in my apartment. My landlord actually asked me if I had a dog because she saw me sweeping white fuzz down the stairs and out the building door. While I love the rich patterns and textures of something so fluffy under foot, I think I’m ready to transition back to flat weave rugs.
While working on my ice cream-inspired roundup this week, I came across these new rugs from Dash & Albert. I have a “summer rug” for my living room that’s from their Cabana stripe collection, and I love it. It’s held up so well, and the color has remained as vibrant as it was a year ago. So my willingness to take a risk with their rugs is pretty high. I love the look of these new pieces, which appear to be inspired by the patterns found in Native American trade blankets as well as more traditional Moroccan rugs. Instead of thick tufting, they’re using a flat weave that, hopefully, will mean less shedding than the original styles. I love all the reds and pinks in the style above, so I’m considering taking that leap. In the meantime, you can check out their latest designs right here. Most styles range from $50 to $2,000, depending on the size. xo, grace