4 ADD CHARACTER
This sitting area (right) shows how a rug can add character to a room. The cowhide adds texture, and contrasts well with the shiny floor, while its natural earthy tones let the bright fuchsia armchairs comfortably stand out, creating an inviting reading or sitting space.
SHAPE No two hides are exactly the same and their organic shapes mean they can be moved a little to the right or left, without looking like they’re not straight.
In a room made up of straight lines, their curves are interesting to look at.
PLACEMENT Being odd-shaped, a hide doesn’t have to follow the same rules as a standard geometric rug. Having one leg slightly off to one side, as in this room, doesn’t look out of place but adds interest and personality.
STYLE I’m a fan of this natural product, which is hardwearing and a great way to add pattern and texture to a room. Hides should always be selected from a responsible and certified supplier.
The type of rug you choose will help define the style of the room. RUG RULE Asymmetrical shapes don’t need to sit evenly under furniture.
GREY MATTER Tobra pure wool reversible rug in Grey, 155cm x 225cm, $499, from Carpet Court. FULL CIRCLE Rug Culture “Tortuga” jute round rug in Pink, 120cm, $89.95, from Zanui.
IN OR OUT Roskilde flatwoven rug in Green-Blue, 200cm x 250cm, $149, from Ikea.
SEEING STRIPES Beach Luxe Neutral Stripe floor rug, 120cm x 180cm, $25, from Target.