On Sunday I found myself facing an all-too-familiar feeling. I was crouched on the floor of the furniture shop Nightwood, trying to convince myself that I had a reason to buy the gorgeous Turkish rug in front of me. I rolled and unrolled it several times, trying to imagine how and where I would use it at home. Then I dipped into my Minimalist Challenge bag of tricks and told myself to put it down and come back and get it the next day if it was still there. But then I couldn’t put it down. I kept going back to it and decided to employ one of my last-ditch minimalist loopholes that lets me feel a little bit better about buying something I just can’t walk away from: the one in, one out rule.
In exchange for buying the rug I’m now so in love with and testing out in different parts of our apartment, I’m cleaning out not one, but five major pieces from my closet. This is intended to drill home the “don’t buy new things” test, and also to help me remember that buying something impulsively means I have to work twice as hard to keep things clean and uncluttered. So while I was gathering things to donate, it made me start thinking about why I seem to have one weakness for impulse buying: textiles. From striped rugs and narrow flat weave runners to handmade wall hangings and doormats, I have the hardest time walking away from a beautifully made textile. I don’t know if it’s the texture, pattern or being able to see handmade details added in (like the tiny animals in this Turkish rug), but rugs in particular are my weakness. So I thought it would be fun to turn my current obsession into a chance to check out other people’s favorite rugs. From bold stripes and shaggy Beni Ourains to colorful flatweaves and beautiful rag rugs, I’m dying to see your favorite rugs.
Whether it’s one from your own home, a friend’s or just something you see out and about, upload, tweet or email your favorite rug photos (#DSNiceRug) and we’ll share our favorites here on D*S. I can’t wait to see the explosion of pattern and color on everyone’s feeds! xo, grace
Click through to see 10 of my favorite rugs from D*S sneak peeks…