This captivating rug takes its inspiration from an unusual 17th century “Dragon Carpet” made in the Azerbaijan region of the Islamic empire. Originally in the James F. Ballard Collection and now in a museum, it reflects carpet-weaving traditions of villages throughout the Caucasus. While rugs from royal workshops typically had flowing floral patterns, provincial weavings were more strongly geometric as seen here in the motif of highly stylized dragons. The original is boldly colored in reds, blues and tan. The modern version is reimagined in sparkling tones of seaglass with highlights in sunlight and flame, creating an almost translucent vision of luminescent color.
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.