Art-inspired rugs can jazz up homes

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      They say simple things can make big changes, and that’s exactly the case with rugs and indoor spaces. Art-inspired rugs are the latest trend, particularly ones that feature abstract and street-style designs. Curate an exhibit in your living room with one of these creatively designed pieces that showcase everything from subtle patterns to loud statements.



      It’s not every day that Swedish furniture giant IKEA rolls out a limited-edition rug collection designed by world-renowned artists. Creative forces from around the globe have teamed up with the home-goods emporium for its annual art collaboration, producing eight contemporary and eye-pleasing rugs that will be available for purchase via a lottery system at three Canadian IKEA locations on Saturday (May 4), including Coquitlam (1000 Lougheed Highway).

      Coveted carpets include a wool-based, Persian-style piece labelled with “Keep Off” by Louis Vuitton men’s creative director and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh; a furry and fun design by Japanese artist Misaki Kawai that was inspired by the world’s big cats; and a busy black-and-white creation that depicts a doodle of hectic life by Brooklyn-based artist Noah Lyon. Prices for the in-demand rugs range from $199 to $499, if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one.


      Moe's Home Collection

      Multicolour Stack

      Add some character to your décor with a rug that would make any art collector jealous. Moe’s Home Collection (1728 Glen Drive) has a large inventory of comfy floor art, and we have our eyes set on one of its multicolour options.

      The Geometrix ($909) wool rug features rectangular Tetris blocks in bright, solid hues like olive green, cornflower blue, red velvet, and black. With pieces stacked on top of each other with uneven edges and off-balance symmetry, the design feels like it came straight from the Vancouver Art Gallery.



      Nature Calls

      It’s no secret that Vancouverites love the great outdoors, so it makes sense for city dwellers to choose interior décor with nods to nature. BoConcept (1275 West 6th Avenue) carries sleek and contemporary home furniture, and its Ankara rug ($629) lives up to the Fairview establishment’s modern theme.

      The circular rug, a blend of wool and viscose, features free-flowing lines with matte and shiny materials. It gives off an African-safari vibe, which means every time you see the rug in your home you’ll feel like you’re in the Serengeti.


      INspiration Furniture

      3-D Cubes

      Rugs can really make the personality of a home pop. If you’re looking for one that will leave an impression, check out the unique Cube rug ($2,590) from Inspiration Furniture (1275 West 6th Avenue). Designed by Natuzzi Italia and made in Italy using plant-based silk material, it features cubic patterns that give it a three-dimensional look.

      Characterized by monochrome colours that help create a geometric effect, it’s definitely a rug that expresses art through shape and hues. Stare at it too long and you may find yourself getting a tad dizzy.

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