Adding a large rug is probably the easiest way to ground floating furniture. Choose the material well and you will have something lovely under your bare feet too.

Get Grounded

It is amazing how much the floor and the lighting does to a space. The large vintage rug calms and grounds our winter bedroom that would feel much too light and sterile without it.

My home went through a major renovation some ten, fifteen years ago and, let’s face it, times were different then. All over the Nordic, people painted their homes in light colors, and that’s just lovely, I still adore a light home.

It is time to make some changes, however, add fresh coats of paint and tweak the color scheme into something just a little bit warmer. While waiting, I change my place mainly with light, textiles, plants and overall care.

Large handmade rugs are a thing in my home. No matter how subtle they might be design wise, I think people sense the time and skill that went into the making. They are not the cheapest of rugs and I think they should not be either – it might take months or a full year to finish a hand-knotted piece. (Think about what you make in a year and do the math.)

By common definition antique rugs are more than a hundred years old and vintage rugs are more than twenty years old. Both words are used quite liberally these days, so I think it is always good to ask where, when and by whom a piece was produced.

This beauty comes from Turkey and I found it in Mattocenter, Helsinki. It is an old rug that has been redone by shaving the pile off. A relatively small procedure makes all the difference because once the pile is cut short, the offwhite cotton foundation is exposed, which gives the rug a faded, melange look.