Rugs—they get no respect. I mean, people just walk all over them. (Insert rimshot here.)
In all seriousness, it's easy to overlook a design element that stays on the floor—that's why the textile experts at Annie Selke teamed up with Apartment Therapy and over a dozen prominent design and decor bloggers to get some fresh inspiration that will leave you floored.
Nearly 40 designs submitted by over a dozen design bloggers were shared on the Annie Selke Instagram in July, with fans and decor geeks encouraged to vote for their favorites. Now the likes have been tallied and Dash & Albert (Selke's rug brand) is producing the 12 designs that won the most love—including one by Houstonian Anita Joyce, who shares her obsession with all things French Country on her blog, Cedar Hill Farmhouse. Her winning design is called the Monogram Inspired Striped Rug and is her elevated take on a vintage European textile with humble roots.
“When asked by Annie Selke to join the rug design challenge, I knew right away that I would create a design based on a grain sack,” says Joyce, who called the competition a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “Grain sacks were used by European families to carry wheat to the mill where it would be ground into flour. Each one had different colors and stripes so that they could tell which bag belonged to each family. Some have only one stripe, while others have multiple stripes. I love the simple, yet elegant, designs.”
Here's a mock-up of how Joyce thought her design could be used in a room:
Joyce's design and the 11 other winners will debut at High Point Market—it's like fashion week, but for your house—in April 2018, and will be available for purchase about a year from now. Until then, fans can follow Joyce's Instagram for behind-the-scenes peeks into the production process. Careful—you might get a new appreciation for the humble rug beneath your feet.