Timeless, dramatic and about as effortlessly chic as it gets, black and white knows how to make an entrance … or a living room or a bedroom or a … well, you get the picture. Here at Lighting & Decor, we already love how the dichromatic palette can set the scene for a wild pop of color or add an unexpected twist of modernity to an otherwise traditional space.
But the latest designs are making us fall head over heels all over again thanks to intriguing patterns and tantalizing textures. Scroll down for a roundup of black and white rugs that steal the show.
Cosmopolite Noir — Nourison
Cosmopolite Noir features a burst of white silk against black New Zealand wool for a look that screams “Look at me!” Make an even bigger splash by pairing it with an elegant sofa and a geometric coffee table.
Bittersweet — Kyle Bunting
Mankind has used animal hides since the Paleolithic era, but never have they ever looked quite like this.
From the creator of "the original decorative hide rug" Kyle Bunting, Bittersweet is a collaboration with the Shanghai-based design team Neri & Hu. While the pair first designed the pattern for a bar at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok, it’s patchwork diamond pattern would look great just about anywhere.
Carnegie — Safavieh
Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld once said, “Black and white always looks modern, whatever that word means.” That is certainly the case with this cream and dark gray design from Safavieh’s Carnegie Collection.
The stark palette adds 21st-century sophistication to the vintage finish on this traditionally patterned floor covering. Still, this design looks at home in a casual setting styled with textured boho pillows and a buttery leather pouf.
Enchant — Loloi Rugs
Bigger is better when it comes to the Enchant Collection from Loloi. The bold black and white over-sized pattern complements the design’s high-low texture, made by varying pile heights.
Mazandaran — Nasiri
Inspired by the heirloom carpets sold at the world’s most prestigious auction houses, the Nasiri family uses a natural dyeing process and meticulous technique to create gorgeous rugs for people who love rugs. And the company’s new collections do not disappoint.
This black and white style has a backstory that adds to its allure: It was inspired by kilims that women in Iran’s northwest Mazandaran Province have been weaving not for public sale but or their personal use for hundreds of years. According to Nasiri, the Western audience only caught on to the beauty of these traditional flat weaves in the last 15 years.
Everard Damask—Capel Rugs
One of the most recognizable patterns in home design, damask typically features a dense arrangement of elaborately scrolled floral motifs. Capel’s Everard Damask in Noir offers a softer interpretation thanks to its exaggerated and uncongested black and white pattern.
While this rug is perfectly at home in the 21st century, its modern-day elegance has classical roots. Part of Capel’s Williamsburg collaboration, the Everard Damask collection is inspired by the antique 18th-century textiles in The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation collections.
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