rug geometry

A 1940's era Turkish Tulu rug, from Paige Albright Orientals in Mountain Brook, Alabama


Hey everyone, it’s Doug–

One of the best things about sharing our Mountain Brook shop space with Paige Albright Orientals (aside from having someone to talk to when Hannon or Megan isn’t working!) is getting to see all of the amazing rugs that are constantly coming through the door.  Paige (Albright, not our Paige Schnell…lots of Paiges to keep up with!) just returned from New York where she was scouting out rugs for several projects she’s helping various designers locate rugs for.  On Monday, I kept coming out of my office to see what she and her staff were unpacking because I loved just about everything that arrived in this shipment.  I noticed a trend in a lot of the pieces she had found–bold geometry.  I think that people often equate zig zags and bold stripes as very ‘in the moment’–and it certainly is a look that’s hot at the moment–but most of the rugs being unpacked today were antiques, some dating back to the 1920’s!

This is a new Turkish Kilim piece...I love the bold colored stripes set against the neutral background


Isn't this piece interesting? Lots of tiny boxes (about an 1" big in reality) stacked together in tones of blue, green, brown and warm gold. This piece is an antique Turkish Tulu.


Another antique Turkish Tulu...this one has been washed to create a warm and casual feel. The zig zag stripe motif is so popular right now, yet this rug dates from the 1940's


This beautiful Turkish Sivas is from the 1920's...while the geometry isn't as bold as some of the other pieces show here, the intricacy of the pattern is so beautiful! The black and white tones of the rug contrast so sharply against the camel-colored field. This rug is really stunning in person.


Purple stripes against a neutral base...this Moroccan Kilim is also an antique, but displays up-to-date colors that we observed all over the Atlanta Market last month. I really want to upholster something with this rug, it's so beautiful in person!


Speaking of stripes, check out this amazing Turkish Tent Kilim. It’s been recently assembled from striped pieces dating back to the 1960’s. Wouldn’t this rug be amazing in a lake or mountain cabin? The stitching is all done on the reverse, creating a really fun and unique appearance on the face of the rug.


There’s always something new and interesting at Paige Albright Orientals…if you want more information about sizes or pricing for anything featured here, contact PAO at (205) 877-3232 or email paigealbright [at] aol [dot] com
Which rug is your favorite out of these selections?  Isn’t it interesting to see how these ‘current’ patterns and motifs are actually rooted in a much earlier history?