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Rustic Cabin Rug

rustic cabin rugWe recently had a client who came to us looking for a rustic cabin rug.  Tribal oriental rugs typically look great in rustic settings and we jumped at the chance to see this customer’s home for ourselves!

This beautiful home was located in Paris, Kentucky and nestled next to a creek with a beautiful view of the water and open fields nearby.  As if the view wasn’t enough to make us jealous, this customer also had a wonderful collection of antique furniture and art that accentuated the look and feel of the cabin.

We wanted the rug to be large enough to provide ample coverage for a living room space with a full size sofa and chairs.  We also needed something that would work with a very large stone fireplace.  To keep with the rustic cabin feel, we decided to go with a tribal pattern with rusts, browns, blues, greens, and golds.

The customer gravitated towards the softness and durability of Indian rugs, so we worked to find an antique reproduction that would look the part of a centuries old tribal rug, but would have the softness underfoot of a new production rug.  This piece did just the trick.  With hand-spun wool and vegetable dyes, it looked old without the added wear and tear or added cost.

We love how this project turned out and applaud the work done by the interior designers involved.  Are you ready to create something beautiful?  We can help!  See all of our oriental rugs in our showroom or online at


Bourbon County Historic Home

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kentucky homes and gardensWe made the cover!  Well, technically, the home and the interior designers made the cover of Kentucky Homes and Gardens Magazine.  But we had a rug and furniture as the focal point in this amazing Bourbon County historic home, and that makes us feel pretty special.  Actually, we had quite a few rugs and pieces of furniture for this client, and we are extremely grateful to everyone who was involved in the project!

The customer recently moved to Kentucky from Florida and began renovating this 1800’s home on a working horse farm in Bourbon County, near Georgetown and Paris.  The homeowners worked with both Kimbrel/Birkman Interiors and Polka Dots and Rosebuds Interiors to create a comfortable home with modern amenities and timeless decor.

historic home dining roomParts of the interior feature original hardwood floors, with reclaimed hardwoods filling spaces that could not be salvaged.  With this much hardwood, a few good quality oriental rugs would be needed.  The main living area features a large Nourison Nourmak with soft seafoam greens, rusts, and ivories.  The flat-woven texture gives the look and feel of a time-worn antique.

The formal dining room opens to an enclosed porch, and has very traditional Chipendale dining chairs and pedestal table.  Another rug from the Nourison Nourmak collection was chosen to accent wall colors and window treatments.

historic home living room 2The living room rug needed to be a bit larger, durable, and have a punch of color to highight green swivel chairs and window treatments.  This Afghani Peshawar met the demands of everyday heavy use, while keeping with the old-world, antique look of the decor.

A guest apartment off of the formal living room features sofas and loveseats with a damask pattern to match the overstuffed chair.  Two matching rugs from Jaipur Rug’s Opus collection added a punch of color to coordinate with existing distinctive patterns.

historic home guest roomWe love how this project turned out and applaud the work done by the interior designers involved.  Are you ready to create something beautiful?  We can help!  See all of our oriental rugs in our showroom or online at

Oriental Rug Project in Louisville

indian oushak oriental rug

We recently took on an oriental rug project in Louisville, Kentucky.  After searching locally for the perfect combination of oriental rugs to finish a new home, the homeowner and interior designer decided to make the 60 mile trek to Lexington Oriental Rug Co. to look for a solution.  After looking at floor plans, paint swatches, and fabric samples, we were able to make some suggestions about what we thought would fit the customer’s wants aesthetically and needs durably.

This home features dark, wide-planked wood floors, soft beige and blue walls, detailed white woodwork, and stone countertops.  Even without furniture or oriental rugs, the home was architecturally beautiful!  Our customer wanted a masculine rug in the office to coordinate with a rustic theme and adjoining rug in another room.  They also wanted a large living room rug to compliment the soft tones in the furniture that would be durable enough to handle heavy use.  The master bedroom required a large oriental rug with blue and beige tones.  This rug needed to be as soft as possible while remaining durable enough to handle to medium size dogs that have made the master bedroom their own.

afghan oriental rugThe oriental rug selection for the office was relatively easy.  The customer wanted brown and rust tones with a rustic feel.  (He also had an affinity for unique, one of a kind rugs.)  We selected a few Afghan rugs and he immediately gravitated towards this one.  The geometric patterns added a masculine element while the nubby texture of the hand-spun wool pile made this new rug look old and rustic.

For the living room, we narrowed down four or five selections to a single choice.  This 10×14 Indian Oushak perfectly blended the tones in the detailed woodwork and paint, while coordinating with furniture and fabrics.  The idea was to find a rug that tied it all together without stealing the show.  She wanted the rug to be seen and noticed, but not to be the focal point of the room.  Oushaks are known for being muted and soft, and this rug fit the space wonderfully.  (Plus, it is durable enough to withstand daily heavy traffic.)

karastan euphoria monoghanThe oriental rug that we chose for the master bedroom was selected by necessity.  Our customer had two primary needs that we took into account before color or pattern:  those were softness and durability.  We decided to look at the Karastan Euphoria collection.  This collection features Karastan’s proprietary Smartsilk fiber.  This fiber is amazing soft, feeling similar to a blend of silk and cashmere, with a built instain resistance.  Luckily, many of the rugs in this collection have a subdued color palette that worked well with existing colors and fabrics.  In the end, we went with the Monoghan Sandstone 90266-471.

We were elated that our customers were happy with our work and chose us as their source for oriental rugs.  If you would like to let our interior designers find the perfect rug for you, give us a call!  You can also shop our entire inventory online at

Timeless Rug Designs

timeless rug designs

I spend a lot of time focusing on design trends, interior styles, and emerging colors.  These areas of interior design change quickly and losing track of what customers want in their home can be devastating to small businesses like ours.  The oriental rug industry is very aware of changes in the consumer market and work quickly to react to the changing landscape.  But even in this “wild west” of styles, some designs and colors remain almost immune to these changing tastes.  What makes these timeless rug designs so special?  Let’s take a look.

timeless rug designsAs it turns out, most of these timeless rug designs have common traits.  And many of them have been around for hundreds of years, while some of their design motifs have been traced back over 3000 years! These designs have evolved over time and have essentially survived through changing styles over centuries. They rose to the top, best of the best, survival of the fittest and all that…

The first common trait among timeless rug design is color.  Most of these rugs are dominantly red and blue with highlights of golds, soft blues, and green.  This color palette is one of necessity, not necessarily of choice.  Chemical dyes didn’t really emerge until the 1890’s, so until then people had to use natural vegetable dyes that they could collect locally and manufacture themselves.  The ultimate goal of ancient times was to create vibrant color, and reds and blues were the easiest to create.  That’s why there is such an abundance of these colors in the market, there are simply hundreds of years with no way to make greys, purples, or varied greens.

timeless rug designs herizThe second common trait is pattern.  Typically there are two variations of “field patterns”, medallions and repetitive motifs.  Medallion rugs were often prized, as it took skill to create a uniform medallion well centered in the rug.  Both of these styles are usually bordered with one of 5 major border types, but most of these involve repetition of floral or geometric motifs that “meander” or rotate 180 degrees every other repetition.  While all of these patterns can be classified as geometric or floral, they are all basically stylized floral forms.

The third common trait is origin of the pattern.  With the exception of just a few Indian and Turkish designs, all of our most popular timeless rug designs originated in Persia (modern day Iran.)  While we can trace back many carpet patterns nearly 3000 years, the height of rug design occurred during the Safavid rule of the 16th and 17th centuries.  These Safavid rulers placed emphasis on art, design, and architecture and the rug industry flourished because of this patronage.  These timeless patterns spread across the globe and represent the majority of most basic patterns produced today.

If you would like to see some of these timeless rug designs, visit our Lexington, Kentucky showroom.  We would be very happy to show you some of our personal favorites.  You can also see a huge variety of rugs on our website at .

Loloi Kingsley

Loloi Kingsley

What are the hallmarks of valuable antique oriental rugs?  On initial inspection it would seem that most collectible antique rugs have a few similar characteristics.  The are evenly worn and very thin after at least 100 years of wear and tear.  They are faded in color from generations of natural light and oxidation of dyes.  The fibers are soft and smooth, developing a patina of sorts as they are massages by feet over decades.  What if you could mimic these attributes to a minute detail?  Let us introduce you to the Loloi Kingsley Collection.

Loloi Kingsley 04Oriental rug manufacturers have been looking for ways to make new rugs look antique essentially as long as rugs have existed.  While many questionable techniques exist to accelerate the aging process, the best way to make a new rug look old is by making it the old way.  Hand-spinning wool gives the pile a slightly nubby, more imperfect texture.  The lack of perfect spin and strength of thread requires that many of these rugs be sheared to a very low, thin pile.  Add to this mix the use of natural, vegetable dyes with some eye for very soft color and you end up with an antique looking rug.  It looks old because it is made the “old way.”  And with practice, some finer manufacturers have made collections that will pass as true antique rug at a mere fraction of the cost.

The Loloi Kinglsey collection of antique reproductions has left an outstanding impression on rug dealers and interior designers alike.  The pile height is very minimal, and the texture is reminiscent of rugs that are well into a century old.  Exceptionally soft color palette mimic decades of use and exposure to natural light.  The Loloi Kingsley Collection features traditional designs in subtle, sophisticated colors. Hand-knotted in Pakistan of 100% wool, each piece undergoes an antique washing and sun drying process to fade the designs. And thanks to its fine wool fiber, Kingsley is an easy collection to maintain.

If you would like to see the entire Loloi Kingsley collection, stop by our showroom and experience them for yourself.  You can also see them on our website by clicking here.

Kalaty Origins

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We live in and conduct business in the heart of the Bluegrass, in Lexington, Kentucky.  We are surrounded by thoroughbred horses and rolling hills.  Our beautiful home is known for bourbon and hospitality.  I like to think that we are living in a small town that is pretending to be big.  Typically, Kentucky style consists of mahogany and leather in federal style homes.  But lately, we are seeing more and more homes with contemporary or transitional style.  With this shift in style, home decorators and interior designers alike have been looking for a way to bridge the gap between their modern decor and traditional style homes. The Kalaty Origins collection of rugs has provided a solution with clean lines and simple colors to help tie differing styles together.

Kalaty Origins CollectionWith their simple-yet-compelling designs, the borderless rugs in the Kalaty Origins collection complement today’s popular transitional interior design trends. All of the rugs in this collection are hand knotted in a Tibetan weave using a combination of wool and Silkette (a proprietary fiber developed by Kalaty.) Silkette, looks and feels just like silk, but at a fraction of the cost.  And unlike most contemporary rugs with bold shapes and loud colors, these rugs are soft, muted, and utilize patterns that attract attention without overstimulating the senses.

Most of the interior designs we work with use these rugs to tie antique and modern together.  The theory behind this is that by mixing the two styles together, your decor will never really go out of style.  Why go all in on the newest style trend that may be gone in a few years, when you can get the best of both world to last a lifetime?  Sounds like solid logic to us.

We love the Kalaty Origins collection and think you will too.  They are soft. stylish, and an amazing value considering the amount of work put into making each one.  To see the collection, stop by our showroom, or you see them on our website by clicking here.  THANK YOU to all of our awesome customers for allowing us to be a part of their homes!

Kalaty Kozan Rugs


Kalaty Kozan KZ-120

Searching for the look and soft feel of an antique oushak oriental rug, but don’t have the massive budget that accompanies 100 years of wear and patina?  We all are.  We know how hard it can be.  The struggle is real.  As a solution to this problem that has plagued interior designers and home decorators alike, we present the Kalaty Kozan collection of rugs.  All of the rugs in the Kozan collection features traditional Oushak designs that are hand knotted using 100% hand-spun wool in a Turkish knot weave. These vintage-inspired colors and patterns elevate your beautiful rooms to an entirely new level.

Kalaty Kozan KZ-126The Kalaty Kozan collection accurately recreates both the look and feel of antique Oushak rugs in a livable and durable collection that is also surprisingly affordable for the amount of effort put into weaving them. Traditional Oushaks are woven with the intent of making the softest pile possible without sacrificing the density necessary to create an intricate pattern.  In order to achieve this goal, high grade wools are hand-spun and knotted onto hand-spun wool foundations.  Natural vegetable dyes are also used to create soft and very muted designs on soft background colors.  (That doesn’t mean that Oushaks can’t be very brightly colored.  Many of the earliest Oushak rugs were brightly colored, but these designs were taken from other areas.)

Considering how much effort and quality go into these antique reproductions, you would imagine that the price would be elevated accordingly.  Amazingly, these wonderfully constructed rugs are very affordable.

See more of our rugs by visiting our showroom or check out our website at

Loloi Majestic Rugs

loloi majestic

With the overwhelming popularity of hand-spun wool and vegetable dyed rugs lately, it seems as if antique style rugs are here to stay.  Customers and interior designers alike love the texture and soft colors associated with this type of production.  Basically, these rugs look like 100 year old antiques without the extra cost that comes with a lifetime of rarity.  Does this sound like something you’re looking for?  The Loloi Majestic collection may just perfect oriental rug for you.

Loloi Majestic MM-02 IVThe challenge with most hand-spun wool and vegetable dyed rugs lies within their ability to be recreated. Particularly, oriental rugs from Pakistan and Afghanistan are very difficult to recreate.  While it is wonderful to have one-of-a-kind rugs in your home, sometimes you need multiple coordinating rugs in different sizes. Vegetable dyes are finicky.  Recipes are not exact, and thousands of variables such as temperature, humidity, and wool blends can change the resulting color.  Add to that the infrastructure needed to reproduce a particular color and pattern in different sizes quickly… well, you see how that goes.

Loloi saw the need for a collection of rugs with the same soft colors, nubby texture, and signature low-pile thickness of Pakistani and Afghani rugs.  The Loloi Majestic collection was born.  The Majestic Collection is the missing link that will transform your interior into an elegant home with timeless style. Hand-knotted of 100-percent wool, Majestic offers traditional, worldly designs that are harmoniously balanced, adding a sense of calm focus to any room. When you combine sumptuous, hand-spun wool yarn with earthy, vegetable dyes, the result is warm, familiar and exactly what you have been looking for.

The Loloi Majestic collection currently offers 16 coordinating designs and color palettes that are available in an impressive 14 different sizes including runners, rounds, and oversize 12×15’s.  While photos of the collection are pretty, you really need to feel the collection to understand the quality and effort that goes into creating each rug.  The experience will floor you. (Haha- floor you, get it?)  Visit our Lexington, Kentucky showroom to see the entire collection or click here to see them on our website.

Interior Design Details – Mixing Patterns and Fabrics

Sometimes the difference between good interior design and something uniquely amazing is the attention to detail.  We recently worked with a local interior designer, Ben Deaton with Pedigo Designs, on a project that required strict attention to detail in selection of fabrics for a custom sectional and selection of an oriental rug.  While the finished project looked elegant and simple, it was the interior design details that pulled it all together.

Interior Design DetailsBefore introducing even the first item, the room in itself was beautiful.  Large and spacious, the area featured an open concept floor plan with large double doors that overlooked a wonderfully landscaped patio.  The designer wanted to highlight this feature, bringing the beauty of this outdoor area into the living room.  To accomplish this, he selected a neutral wall color, and simple yet elegant draperies that accented the height of the double doors and windows.  Two layers of window treatments added just a slight amount of drama to the area, without drawing attention away from the beauty outside.

Our team of interior designers and furniture experts worked to create a very large sectional to accentuate the size of the space without looking awkward.  A standard sectional would look small in such a large space, so a custom sectional was created that was nearly 10 feet in length.  The depth and height of this piece were crucial to ensure that the piece seemed substancial enough for the space.  Accents such as nail-head trim was added to give detail and interest to the finished product.

A luxurious velvet fabric was selected in a striking grey-brown color to accentuate the colors in adjoining rooms and to coordinate with rust and brown outdoor furniture visible through the large double doors. Velvets present a more formal appearance. They often come in a range of many colors and have a luxurious feel, but are durable in their elegance. When properly cared for, velvets make long-lasting chairs and sofas (upholstered with cotton velvet).

To tie it all together, a 10×14 hand-knotted Indian Serapi oriental rug was selected with the perfect rust color to coordinate with both the window treatments and outdoor furniture.  This rug also had highlights of navy and sage green to add depth and a small amount of color to the room.  The large central medallion functions as a focal point for the furniture setting.

The attention to detail in this client’s space was meticulous and the results are fantastic! Our custom Vanguard sectional and Serapi oriental rug look amazing thanks to some awesome work by talented interior designers.  THANK YOU to all of our awesome staff, and customers for allowing us to do this work that we love every day!

Decorating with Black

decorating with black rugs

Is black an absence of color, or is it a combination of all that the spectrum of light can offer? Either way, black can be vibrant, expressive, and beautiful. Our client loved how this Nourison Living Treasures rug turned out after being slightly hesitant about adding a dominantly black rug to her neutral decor.  Don’t be hesitant about decorating with black, celebrate it!

You could say that interior decorating with black has gotten a bad rap.  People often describe black as dark, depressing, heavy…  But the truth is that a little bit of black is essential in every room.  It can also be difficult to avoid.  It can add drama and style, and can provide a grounding anchor to a furniture setting.  It also allows all of the colors surrounding it to appear more expressive.

Black is a universal color.  It knows know decorative bounds.  It  can be used in any room, in any style. Whether it’s a sleek and modern couch or geometric patterned rug, or an elegant and feminine iron staircase, black can be masculine and feminine, formal or casual, severe or romantic.

Our on-staff interior designers insist that it is important that every room have just a little bit of black. It has a grounding effect that gives the eye a place to focus. Too many soft colors with nothing to ground them provide no depth, no drama. It can actually be confusing to the eye.  It’s not that you need to have a massive amount of black, just enough to tie things together. A few black picture frames on a wall, a black coffee table, black trim on the walls, or even something as simple as a pillow is enough.  Black can also be used as an accent is that it can tie a grouping of items together that otherwise don’t mesh.

As our client found out, black can be an expressive, vibrant color.  Don’t be afraid of decorating with black.  You can see a great selection of black oriental rugs by clicking here.  Otherwise, please come visit our Lexington, Kentucky showroom to speak with one of our on-staff interior designers about how you can decorate with black!