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black and red moroccan rug on kitchen floor with plastic ghost stools

Introducing Flooring Fabulosity from a new Lust-After Brand

Do you ever get the urge to add a big burst of colour to your home? I know, me too!

While I’m all for a white interior – or spaces that turn down the tone – sometimes it’s nice to have a loud feature moment in a room. And I reckon a rug is a really easy way to do it.

It’s easy not only because it takes up a rather large chunk of visual real estate (hello impact!), but also because you can move them around from room to room. And who doesn’t love a focal point that can change positions the moment you get bored (because I’m always getting bored)!?

Now, I do believe there are certain homewares you should always, always skimp on. But a handwoven rug is not one of them. And not when they’re as gorgeous as the ones I want to show you today.

bright red moroccan floor runner in hallway inside front door entry by nouvelle nomad

Moroccan Flair, if you Dare

What I love most about these handmade Moroccan rugs – from local brand Nouvelle Nomad – is that they’re individually selected in Morocco by director Bridget Christie. The talented lady spends time with artisans in Marrakech, carefully curating a collection that finds its way back to Australia and up on the website for your viewing (and of course, buying) pleasure.

What strikes me as most impressive about this rug is that they’re perfectly imperfect. The patterns are not completely symmetrical, which I find a nice point of interest. I mean, these are handwoven by humans after all, not mass produced on a factory production line. The sense of quirk is to be embraced, not scrutinised.

The collection of rugs includes a variety of colours, patterns and styles; from floor rugs to narrower runners for a hallway or kitchen.

red moroccan rug with tassels in terrace living room with white floorboards

How to Style a Handmade Moroccan Rug

As you can see in the images here, the install of these rugs is a bit of an anything goes situation. Whether you have a crisp white floor or something darker, a rug will contrast nicely against both.  They’ll also look just as impressive on dark floorboards, concrete floors and a variety of tile colours.

The rooms they look great in are also plentiful. I like them as a runner in an entryway, sitting on a kitchen floor either side of an island bench, and of course, in a living room or bedroom that has a lot of hard surfaces and needs some softening.

The rug is your Queen B…

I like to let a rug like this be the main focal point in a room, so keep all the other elements around it the supporting players. The rug is the star of the show here and doesn’t need to be overshadowed.

Think of the rug as your Beyonce, and the other elements in the space the Kelly and Michelle (sorry ladies!).

worn leather armchair with moroccan cushion and colourful moroccan rug from nouvelle nomad

What homes do they suit?

They bring a sense of history and depth to a modern home. So if you have a new-build and you fear everything feels a little soulless, a handmade Moroccan rug like this will introduce some much-needed character.

If you love the more-is-more Jungalow style trend, with loads of indoor plants and woven materials, these beauties will feel right at home here.

You’ll also find they look awesome in older terraces of townhouses. The dark floorboards and round archways you often see in this style of home bode well to throw in some added eclectic charm.

And of course, if you already have a coastal-bohemian style home with textural interest, a handmade Moroccan rug will only further enhance the sense of texture.

colourful red moroccan handmade cushions from nouvelle nomad

It’s not all rugs, either!

If a handmade Moroccan rug is too big a commitment for your space, then you’ll be bedside yourself over the news that Nouvelle Nomad also stock other bits and pieces in their eclectic collection.

First and foremost, my one great love; cushions! There are not only options for your bed, armchair or sofa, but large floor cushions as well. Hold me back; the credit card is about to get a workout!

Outside of homewares, Bridget also stocks boots. So if you’re into some flair for your foot, give this section of the website a look over too.

Drop me a comment below and let me know what you think of these rugs!

Chris Sig

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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