One of my all-time favorite floor coverings is the dhurrie, a kind of woven rug that is made out of natural fibers like wool, cotton, jute or silk. Though dhurries originate from India, they have been used in such widespread ways and contexts that the product has evolved from a fairly basic, ethnic floor mat to an uber-sophisticated contemporary floor treatment.
I really love the idea of using dhurries for beach houses – they have a fabulous casual feel to them, especially in the striped design that they most commonly feature. Remember the film Something’s Gotta Give with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton? So many design lovers have blogged about the beach house in that film, when watching the film, I just fell in love with the family room, with its gorgeous giant dhurrie!
(Source: Hooked on Houses)
They say the set design for that room was actually inspired by a Hamptons house decorated by Victoria Hagan. The original room also features an oversize dhurrie and dramatic deep blue sofas. Hagan apparently said, “Add a blue striped dhurrie and you are guaranteed a happy room.” I have to admit, the effect is cheerful and inviting, and isn’t that the whole purpose of a dhurrie – to encourage people to have a seat on the floor?
(Source: Elle Decor)
I also think dhurries work great in nurseries and kids’ rooms. Even though I usually source them from antique stock, you can have custom dhurries made to match your color scheme. How perfect does this sky blue and ivory dhurrie look in this charmingly old-fashioned baby boy’s nursery? I think I’m going to get one of these for my boys’ room, elegant, classic and durable!
Dhurries are definitely a design classic, and the great thing about them is that they can be surprisingly versatile. Before you decide they are only good for casual spaces and playrooms, consider the living room below. The gorgeous custom dhurrie in a pale silk blends perfectly with the eighteenth century French chairs, ornate mirror and elegant column lamps.
Convinced yet? Why not experiment with a dhurrie in your own home and discover how practical and versatile these rugs can really be…