Brilliantly saturated crimson lights up the room in this glorious interpretation of a classic masterpiece in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogued as an Indian carpet in a “floral stem and panel” design, dating to the first half of the 17th century, the original is knotted of very fine sheep’s wool on cotton and presents a dazzling array of thirteen colors dominated by deep red and royal blue. Both the original and its modern version display a tour de force of Mughal motifs that combine floral flourishes and leafy garlands with the formal geometry of cartouche elements and fanciful eight-pointed stars. Scintillating and special, the modern piece is elegantly detailed in sapphire, jade and carnelian, and is completed by a narrow red-gold border.
Placing the correct size rug in your space is as important as choosing the right color or pattern. A rug that it is too small will shift the balance of the room unfavorably. A rug that is too big, especially in open floor plans, may put the area designations off. There are a few rules of thumb, but a picture says it better. Use these handy guides by Interior Designer Lisa Ferguson to make the best choice.