The last few months have been packed with changes and adventures: I went to Greece, got married, honeymooned in Turkey and moved to Denver. I got lucky: I quickly found a new job (I interviewed for it over the phone while in Greece!). So I started working even though we were not fully settled in our new place. As I am slowly decorating our apartment, I realize how my trip to Turkey inspired me. But how can you not become obsessed with carpets when you enter a room like this?
We finally purchased this beautiful Turkish carpet (below) that was shipped to us in the US (or maybe flew by itself? It occured to me that it was a perfect size for a flying carpet).
Now that I’m back, I wish I had bought so much more! I want to cover everything with Turkish carpets/blankets/pillows. During my stay, I learned quite a few things about rugs. There are two main types: kilim and carpets.
Kilim are woven in a flat way that makes no pile. They are usually reversible and are much more flexible than carpets. They usually have bigger patterns and bright colors (they almost look southwestern):
My apartment is completely white with cream carpets, so I had to rely on area rugs for a pop of color. Here is what inspired me:
All Carpet Everything
This makes me want to lounge all day. I wouldn’t even mind rainy days! These seem to be layers and layers of kilims.
This mix of vintage, modern, classic and ethnic makes me swoon. I want this apartment. In Paris, too, if possible!
This is such a coincidence. I have the exact same couch! In fact, my living room looks a lot like this now!
I liked how they paired the modern and flower cushions with the carpet. Strangely, it works! The white couch and walls really make the room a blank canvas that allows the carpet to fully express itself. I really think investing in that type of rug is worth it: they last forever (really, I saw some 250+-year-old carpets that looked great in Turkey!) and they can be the only element of decor in a room: they have enough impact!
What do you think of Persian or Turkish carpets/kilims? Are they worth the investment? Would you shop online or at home or would you travel to buy that kind of product?
6 thoughts on “Apartment Inspiration: Turkey Travels”
Sara… you now share your Mom Michael's passion for rugs : )
I can't wait to see your living room ! A richly patterned rug helps ground a very neutral/light palate decor.
Take this flat in Paris, I'll come visite you 🙂
Oh yes I share that passion. I can't wait to show you our carpet!
Haha I wish! Prends-le toi et je vais venir te voir 😉
Oh how I love a neutral/white space with ethnic details like a beautiful Turkish rug! The small area rug behind our sink is one I bought in Morocco. Too bad it is now covered in various stains!
It's the last photo for me! I just love how white makes other colors pop so dramatically. Plus, that rug looks awesome! Anyway, how are you doing with the apartment makeover? Keep us posted, Sara! Thanks for sharing that! All the best to you! 🙂