Summer season is upon us, so let's chat all things summer rugs.
Contrary to popular belief, finding your perfect rug is not something reserved exclusively for the colder seasons. With that said, it's understandable that like the winter/ summer wardrobe swap, we do a little winter/summer interior swap. Say goodbye to your deep shades of velvet, your knitted wool blankets, dark bedding, and your sheepskin rugs. Say hello to your faded stripes, wildflowers, sea glass tones, linen bedding and your distressed, overdyed, silk & kilim rugs.
So, if you're on board with seasonal home updates, here is your guide to finding that lighter-weight rug that won't absorb heat, keeping you cool when temperatures are rising.
1. The Persian Overdyed
If you want to be bang on trend, but keep some character, these are the rugs for you! Popular among interior designers, the Persian Overdyed rugs have that perfect balance of old and new. They start out as traditional Kerman Persian rugs and undergo a process of dying, for around 8 months. Their piles are shaved down, to give them their all-important distressed/ faded effect. They are perfect for the summer months, not only because they come in fabulous summer colours, but because they no longer have a thick and heavy pile. They are high in cotton, so are much more breathable than synthetic fabrics of machine-made alternatives.
2. The Persian Distressed
Similar to the Persian Overdyed, but made without the dyed element. What makes these rugs truly special is their vintage status. A vintage rug is typically between 30-99 years old, meaning each one has a rich history and unique story.
3. The Vintage Kilim
Kilims are flat tapestry-woven rugs. They are made by tightly interweaving the warp and weft strands of the weave to produce a flat surface with no pile. No pile = lightweight = breathable & cool for summer months. There are lots of different types of Kilims, our favourite being the vintage and antique Persian Kilims. Summer colours, lots of character, and a bohemian feel for the home.
4. The Classic Kilim
The same summer benefits as the Vintage Kilim, but the more affordable and practical option. We usually recommend these are the best rugs for the kitchen. They are easy to clean, lightweight, inexpensive, and hardwearing. Plus, they have a great tribal feel and add vibrant colour to any space that needs a little lift.
5. The Senneh Kilim
The same summer benefits as the Vintage & Classic Kilim, but finer in quality, and more traditional in design. Rugs from the Persian city of Senneh are super elegant, with a fine design and intricate patterns. They really shine against beautiful wood, such as the solid pine wood kitchen table you can see below.
6. The Persian Silk
Silk is super breathable. It’ll keep your feet cool on hot days, and warm on cold days. It also has impressive moisture wicking properties, keeping all dry in any climate, year-round. Silk Persian rugs are among the most luxurious and high value. Their designs are incredibly intricate, and they are extremely hardwearing. The talent and time it takes to weave a silk rug is incredible.
7. A Persian City Rug
Persian rugs are split into Tribal/ Village rugs and City rugs. The city rugs (those named after major cities such as Isfahan, Shiraz, Nain, Tabriz), are woven by ‘master weavers’ – those who design the very finest of rugs. These rugs are made from Wool & Cotton or Wool & Cotton on Silk. The wool is fine, and they are woven tightly, with a medium pile. Similar to silk rugs, these rugs are suitable for all seasons, adapting to the heat or the cold.