With our move-in date less than 30 days away (I share this in the hope that’ll make it a reality – move-in dates can be slippery little buggers), I’ve started to bank more and more (and more!) interior design inspiration. No, our new/old home is not one of those projects designed from top to bottom at the outset. We sadly live in the real world. We’ve picked light fixtures, tile — some paint. Ok, there are actually a TON of decisions that have been made, but you get what I mean. We’ve focused on the bones of our remodel. Designing our furnishings is definitely a phase 2 endeavor. But phase 2 is getting mighty close! With my massive bank of inspiration images in hand, it’s going to be relatively easy to narrow in on my design direction. In fact that’s basically already complete – post coming soon! – but the real treasure hunting will begin as I begin to design each room. More on my design philosophy for the house is here.

One of the (few!) things I will be bringing from the loft is my living room rug. You may remember it from the loft update I shared last January. Rugs really help define a room. They can either pull the elements of a space together or can serve as a room’s statement-making moment.

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As for my living room rug, I’m still vibing on the geometric print and modern style. But I recently got another reason to love my rug. It’s creator, Loloi Rugs recently shared with me their rug making process and I was immediately fascinated. Designed and fabricated in partnership with rug-makers throughout India, the process to make my modern looking rug is completely analog. Everything from the making of the yarn itself, to the final stretching a finished rug is done by had! The level of intricate detail that goes into the construction of a single rug is rather staggering.

For example, I had no idea the rugs are made on massive manual looms. And the type of loom and the skill required to work it varies from rug style to rug style. And that’s just one part of the process. Many rugs are meticulously hand washed and dried in the Indian sun. Others require hand tufting or shearing – ie being trimmed with scissors – to ensure a perfect finish. The type of rug-making is incredibly complex, time-consuming and if done right a true art form.

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Loloi Rugs is currently shining a spotlight on these amazing traditions on their new (gorgeous) site Loloi Explores India and I promise you’ll be as astonished as I was to learn about all of ancient techniques still in use today. Their video exploring the entire rug-making process is totally worth a watch as well. It’s amazing how much deeper your connection to something becomes when you know where and how it is made.

This post is in partnership with Loloi Rugs. Thanks for supporting posts that have kept Apartment 34’s doors open.

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  1. I completely agree with you that a good rug can completely change a space. Our home is 115 years old with original hardwoods, which I LOVE, however it also means we need a lot of rugs to keep it feeling cozy. I’d love a rug roundup with some of your favorites Erin!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://www.dreamsinhd.blogspot.com

  2. Love, Love, LOVE this post! I am obsessed with area rugs and constantly scrolling through options in the world to find pretty little carpet options. I can’t wait to hop over and check out Loloi!
    I also can’t wait to see the rest of your home come together!
    -Krystle, http://www.designedbykrystleblog.com